April’s Volunteer of the Month: Henry Gorton

When we met Henry one early Saturday morning, he immediately asked us, “What can I do to help in the garden?” From then on, Henry has been an integral part of Growing Together Giving Garden team.Henry Gorton

He was willing to work anywhere he could serve and learn, but as luck would have it, he gravitated to our 6 compost bins, and our Compost Queen couldn’t be happier. “He is a prince of a young man – an extremely hard worker, inquisitive and engaging as we chop, turn, toss, and add stuff to make the compost ‘the real secret sauce’.”

And so we recognize him as our April Volunteer of the Month!

Thank you, Henry!


We asked Henry a few questions about why he enjoys it so much and here’s what he said . . .

Why do you come to the garden?

I need community service hours, and I can’t think of a better way to earn them than coming to the community garden. I enjoy the tranquility and straightforwardness of cultivation, and the volunteers at the  community garden are taking urban farming one step further than I had previously encountered.

What have you learned?

I have learned many specifics about the way things operate at the Community Garden. Everyone has a method. Some people like compost sifted, others don’t. It turns out that some grubs are good in compost but

not in soil. Bean and pea vines are chopped a certain way in preparation for composting.

What do you love about it?

Interacting with organic processes thoughtfully and purposefully seems to be the foundation of all that is done at the garden, and it is this methodical approach to nature which I value and enjoy the most. I find pleasure in simple tasks such as brushing the soil from around a carrot and judging its size or turning the compost in the morning and smelling the steam as it rises.

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