Mill Spring ag center seeks 100 volunteers for community volunteer day March 19

Published 3:54 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ag center volunteers from last week’s Alternative Spring Break program attract the attention of ABC News affiliate WLOS Channel 13. (photo submitted)

The Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center will hold a community volunteer day Saturday, March 19. Organizers are hoping to register 100 aids who fall into one or both of the shifts available: 8 a.m. – noon or 1 – 5 p.m. Job descriptions for each shift include basic yard-work, scraping and painting, light construction, hand-gardening/plantings, landscaping, organizing donations including a new library system for thousands of volumes of donated books, periodicals, magazines and reference guides and housekeeping. There is plenty of indoor work, should rain postpone outdoor improvements.

Organizers defined aids as an individual, organization or group that donates a minimum of four hours of volunteer time to help restore Polk County’s new ag building with the option to participate as regular volunteers in developing programming for PolkFresh™ producers.

A homemade local food lunch will be provided for all aids by Maddie Ramsey and Vivian Torrence from noon – 1 p.m. Other refreshments will be ongoing throughout the day.

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Aids support the second phase of necessary renovations and improvements for the center whose mission is to serve as a resource for agricultural development, farmland preservation, education and community service and business development. The center also offers meeting facilities, classrooms, training kitchens, administrative offices, demonstration gardens as well as a business incubator with a small business-services center.

To become an aid, call 828-894-2281 and sign up for morning or afternoon shift. Mention if you are an individual or a group and what special restoration/construction/gardening skills you may have. You may also e-mail

Volunteer credit hours are available for any students/civic club members or other organizations.

All aids are acknowledged on the website,, and are invited to attend the Ag Center Open House on April 30.