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NCAMN – OFC Workday
September 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Located in Mountain View, Arkansas, the Ozark Folk Center State Park (OFC) was established in 1974 to preserve, document, display and interpret the cultural and social history of the Ozark region. OFC’s Heritage Herb Garden is one of the most diverse organic herb gardens in the nation and is made up of many different types of gardens planted throughout the park. Most herbs are propagated in a 20 X 36 greenhouse located in a secluded area outside of the Craft Village.
NCAMN volunteers assist OFC master herbalist, Tina Marie Wilcox, in maintaining the garden by pruning, weeding, transplanting, composting, watering and other tasks. As they work volunteers learn much about the cultivation and traditional uses of native plants that they often see in the woods and along the streams where they pursue other activities. Occasionally, advanced training hours may be counted in addition to volunteer hours.
NCAMN volunteers usually work from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. In hot summer months, the schedule may shift to an hour earlier. In November and December, work days vary to avoid volunteers’ holiday commitments.
Volunteers who live in Baxter, Marion, Boone and other counties may carpool from Mountain Home by meeting an hour before the work shift at the Reynolds Library at Highway 201 and 62 Bypass. Volunteers often bring their lunches to eat together before leaving the park for home.
Otherwise, directions can be found here:
Wear gloves and sturdy garden shoes, dress comfortably, and expect to get dirty. Tools needed usually include pruners, loppers, snips, weeders, rakes, spades, trowels, garden forks and others as indicated.
Most of the time, hours should be recorded as follows:
Activity: 207—Planting and Restoration Activities
Activity: 202—Greenhouse Activities
Sponsor: State Park: Ozark Folk Center
For more information, please check these websites:
about the state park:
about the Heritage Herb Garden: