Garden Parent Volunteers

Posted by Amy Wachsmuth on 11/13/2019

Parent Garden Volunteers

There are three things that make West Union a wonderful place to go to school, our talented teachers and staff, the view of the grazing horse from the playground, and our amazing parent volunteers.  In continuance with that tradition we have nine! new parents volunteers signed up to lead garden activities in our classes.  

We had our first meeting as a group at the end of October.   With much schedule shuffling most of the parents were able to come and learn the layout of the garden, and how we run our class activities.  There is a good mix of new and experienced gardeners.  

A few classes don’t have parent volunteers signed up yet, but it is not too late! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Applegarth ( and cc Amy Wachsmuth (  Being a garden parent is a fun way to help out where you can do a little or as much with your class as you have time. The following classes need two parent volunteers, Mullavey (1st Grade), Johnston (1st Grade), Hedges (2nd Grade).  And the following classes just need 1 more parent: Bensen/Story (Kinder), Kaigler (4th), Cosman (5th/6th).  

Our goal for the program is to have each of our 400 students at West Union plant at least one seed and watch it grow.  So even if classes don’t get parent volunteers, the crew we have will ensure students will get opportunities to work in the garden, but the experience is always so much richer with dedicated parents to lead activities.

Each grade has a dedicated garden bed split between two classes, including our SLC program.  Parent volunteers can choose to coordinate with the other class in their grade, or if schedules don’t match up, they can work separately.  There are also demonstration beds available to any class that wants more space for an experiment or themed garden. 

Our first activity will be getting our beds ready for winter by layering leaves, compost, seeding cover crop, and optionally planting some garlic.  Many of our volunteers are already busy scheduling dates.

Thank you again West Union parents for continuing to support our teachers and students--you are a BIG part of what makes our school special.