OSALT is an all-volunteer organization. There are many opportunities to become involved in our work, both through our sites and programs and through work to support OSALT itself.
Involvement with sites and programs
Some of the most “down-to-earth” volunteer opportunities at OSALT are volunteering at our sites and programs. Currently, the following sites are looking for people to get involved doing gardening, educational programming, and/or horticultural research:
Check out the sites’ pages to learn more. If you’re not sure where to get started, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help find the best volunteer opportunity for you!
Direct involvement with OSALT
As an all-volunteer organization, OSALT offers the opportunity for individuals to apply existing skills and develop new interests in support of our mission.
There are several short-term opportunities to help us fill specific needs to grow and strengthen OSALT. We are currently seeking individuals with expertise in the following areas:
- Mt Hood Community Food Forest
OSALT owns a small lot near Mt. Hood Community College – and we would like to convert this to a food forest, with chestnuts, walnuts, apples, pears, etc. To make this happen, we need someone to help us organize – meeting with local neighbors, college staff, students, as well as permaculture experts and landscape architects – to design the forest, and manage work parties to prepare, plant and develop the site.
- Agricultural research specialist
We have published OSALT factsheets to help guide gardeners and farmers, but would like to do much more active research on our sites. Our research is on sustainable agriculture – both ecology and sociology. We are looking for someone who can help guide and drive our research and publications.
- Farm and estate planning outreach
Many farmland properties hold special meaning for families, and seeing their land converted to subdivisions, or clear-cut, is something they want to avoid. OSALT can provide permanent protection for these lands, and also offer significant tax advantages. However, many farmers and farm estate planners are not aware of OSALT. We are looking for someone with a tax law or real estate background to reach out to estate planners so that they can include OSALT in their menu of options for farm families.
- Garden education coordinator
We give tours, bring in local school children, and teach classes at our community gardens. Today this work is managed on a site-by-site basis, and we would like to coordinate and support this effort better at an OSALT organization level. We are looking for someone who could help develop educational programs, reach out to local schools and communities ,and support our sites in their education efforts.
If you are seeking deeper engagement with OSALT through a board role, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and let us know why you are interested and what you would like to contribute to the organization in this role.
Support OSALT’s work with a donation
OSALT depends on small donations to maintain all the activity at our sites and programs. Our annual operating budget is small, but we do have necessary administrative costs such as insurance, tax filings, etc.
Through your gift to OSALT, hundreds of people each year learn about sustainable growing practices. All donations are tax deductible, and you will receive a donation receipt for your records.
All OSALT land is acquired by donation. This most often happens when a landowner donates the land to OSALT. It has also happened that a group of concerned individuals, intent on keeping a parcel of land from being developed, have worked with OSALT to raise funds by donation and/or grants that enable the purchase of land for protection. If you have questions about donating land to support OSALT’s mission, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch!