Don and Sue Ritter

Don Ritter

Many thanks to Don and Sue Ritter, who together with CLDS board member Andy Lynn, worked to construct a mobile chicken coop for our small flock of chickens in the community garden. Don and Sue have also volunteered their time to conduct educational workshops at the garden that teach people how to raise their own backyard flock of chickens for a fresh and ready supply of eggs.

Prathiba SharmaPrathiba

The CLDS would like to thank Prathiba Sharma, who volunteered her time to help lead the 2012 Garden Discovery Camp. Prathiba recently completed her training through the Luzerne County Penn State Cooperative Extension to become a Master Gardener. She is one of many Master Gardeners who volunteer their time at the community garden and elsewhere throughout the community.


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The CLDS is looking for (more than) a few good volunteers to help develop and maintain the Butler Township Community Garden and its several demonstration gardens, assist with educational programs, contribute to our fundraising and public relations efforts, raise food for charity, and/or contribute whatever skills volunteers may be willing to share.

Andrea Fendrick helps plant the Pollinator Demonstration Garden Like Gardening? We are always in need of volunteers who can help water, weed, and mulch the pollinator garden, rain garden, perennial, and herb demonstration gardens.
Like Social Networking? Help us maintain our Facebook page by posting photos, advertising events, and using social media to encourage participation in our volunteer activities.
Rick Mikula (the Butterfly Guy) instructs children during the Garden Discovery Camp Like Working With Children? We can use assistantance with organizing and conducting the CLDS Garden Discovery Camp, as well as other special events and programs geared towards children and youth.
Like Fruit? Become a CLDS "Tree Tender" by assiting in the care of the garden's fruit orchard. This may involve pruning, mulching, and watering fruit trees, berries, and grapevines.
Like Feeding the Hungry? Adopt an area of the garden dedicated to charity. Plant, maintain, and harvest food for people in need. We have established relationships with local food pantries and soup kitchens who are eager to accept donations.
Like Tractors? Receive training in operating our Garden Tractor and help us do the heavy lifting. We always need help moving mulch, turning compost, and maintaing our many garden paths.
Like Building? Donate your skills to helping us construct raised beds, benches, or make simple repairs to garden features. Interested in solar or wind power? We are eager to incorporate green energy demonstration features into the garden.
Like Cooking? Are you interested in sharing your recipes, food preservation, or culinary skills with others? We can help you teach people how to prepare healthy foods with fresh and local produce.
Like Starting Seeds? We can use your help starting seedlings in your home or in our hoop house for future transplanting. We'll even supply the seeds and trays!
Like Sharing Your Gardening Secrets? If you are interested in leading a workshop, we can help! We're particularly interested in organic and environmentally-friendly techniques.
Like Something Else? Contact us and let us hear your ideas!

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, contact Krista Schneider at 570-578-5903 or locus@ptd.net.