Fertile Ground Community Center and Guesthouse

Fertile Ground Community Center and Guesthouse ~ 311 9th Ave SE ~ Olympia, WA 98501 ~ 360.352.2428
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Since 2005, we’ve been serving the Olympia community as a non-profit. We exist to demonstrate sustainable technology and provide meeting space for creation, education and celebration. Our mission is to provide access to resources that enhance the life of the Olympia community.  The site models organic gardening, composting, decorating and remodeling with recycled materials, while providing resources for wellness, entrepreneurship and activism.

We are always looking for partners and collaborators in the adventures of creating a sustainable city. Please see our website and below for current list of opportunities to connect with us.  All of them will bring you satisfaction and connections to the earth, our neighbors and your own creativity

Title Project Description Skills Needed Timeline
GardenerApply! Our grounds give a gardening student a myriad of things to learn and do. From planting to utilization, there’s so much to experience from these Fertile Grounds…not to mention lots to eat. A desire to learn and an eagerness to get dirty is all that’s needed to learn to be a great gardener here. We also have opportunities with bamboo. Fall 2010
Video EditorApply! Update the Fertile Ground DVD. Existing video covers 8 years of history of Fertile Ground. We have a 6 minute video (made with both iMovie and Final Cut Pro) that doesn’t include enough footage, and needs to have captions and voice-overs added. This is a collaborative work with musicians, etc. Computer proficiency (Mac, PC or Linux), digital video editing, some design skills. Good communication skills. Time management skills will be developed during the project. Present & Ongoing
Puppeteer for NVCApply! Promote Non-Violent Communication through puppet shows. Learn the basics of NVC, write scripts, make puppets and perform puppet shows at Fertile Ground.
See NVC website.
Possible debut at ArtsWalk in April.
Creativity, interest in communicating a message through the puppetry medium, script writing and set design skills, puppet making or fiber art skills. A familiarity with NVC would be great, but would be supplied. Present & Ongoing
Community Asset MapperApply! Help close a gap in the community with respect to sharing resources and skills. Collaborate with others to create a skill sharing database in order to increase community resilience.
Student representation from TESC seems essential.
Good skills in communication, meetings, phone call making. Database skills would be a big plus. TULIP, Enterprise for Equity and the NW Cooperative Development Center are all on board to begin this project. Present & Ongoing
Survey DesignersApply! Work with staff to develop a survey and/or interview that attempts to gather data about the effectiveness of our services. Once the data is collected, we’ll find ways to report the findings that would be easy to understand by anyone. Background or education in data collection and research using surveys and ethnographies. Should have good phone skills and a willingness to connect with people. Web skills and database skills are a plus. Fall 2010
Graphical DesignerApply! Develop organization’s promotional print materials: brochures, kiosk signage and tabling materials. Help this non-profit community center share its vision and describe its services to a wide range of people using print material. Computer proficiency (Mac, PC or Linux), photo editing, some layout design skills. Good communication skills. Time management skills will be developed during the project. Present & Ongoing

We love to barter here at Fertile Ground.

We can offer you:

  • Sauna time
  • Overnight lodging
  • Tuition to classes
  • Produce from our garden
We are looking for:

  • Firewood
  • Construction work
  • Pruning
  • Woodchips
  • Window washing
  • Massage