Diggers is Hiring!

Diggers is Hiring!

Job Site Coordinator (Worcester)

Compensation: Base level laborers get $15 per hour, and Skilled Laborers get up to $25
employment type: part time to full time.

We are a worker owned cooperative business, which means that the organization is run and owned by its workers, splitting profits equally among our membership based on hours worked. In this way we create a more democratic way of doing business!
Job Description:
Managing the execution of an entire landscaping project, which includes leading a crew of workers to complete the necessary labor tasks such as stone work, snow removal, equipment operation, garden design, tree pruning and crew management.

You can fill out an application here.

Aquaponics Greenhouse at Stone Soup

Aquaponics Greenhouse at Stone Soup

Diggers, along with Worcester Roots and Stone Soup, are building a pilot aquaponic greenhouse at Stone Soup Community Center, 4 King St, Worcester to create jobs and provide healthy food to low income residents. One of the principle goals is to produce and distribute healthy food for low-income Worcester residents.

What’s an aquaponics system? It’s a growing system that mimics a natural symbiotic relationship between fish and plants. You can harvest produce and fish! No outside fertilizers are needed and since the water cycles through the system, it uses 90% less water.

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Stone Work

Stone Work

We are starting two interesting garden projects this week. The first is a series of stone retaining walls up a steep hill, forming a terraced hillside garden. The second project is a spiral shaped stone patio, with lined with a retaining wall on one side and benches on the other. There will also be a natural log retaining wall adjacent to the patio and intensive planting of perennials throughout.

Some photos from a stone walkway job we did for Pure Juz on Highland St Worcester:
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Raised Beds

Raised Beds

Over at freelandia, the digger’s testing and training yard, we spent monday prepping our beds to start planting this weekend . herbs will go in first on the 6th and 7th . i’ve already noticed some of the garlic from last year sprouting and peeking up through the soil ! very exciting . I love growing in raised beds, which is pretty much essential in most Worcester lawns due to lead issues . at freelandia we have several compost piles which provide our beds with the nutrients they need, as well as heat and protection during the cold winter months . We have two large beds which are used yearly and another bed which will be debuting this year . We’re also working on building a raised bed chicken run . Chicken poop is a great fertilizer, especially for tomatoes and growing fancy edible mushrooms . Pictured below is a pyramid raised bed which is not ours but something i would love to build ! it seems it would be a little tricky tending to the center – but i’m sure it’s GORGEOUS once full of vegetables!

http://www.realfarmacy.com/four-advantages-of-raised-bed-gardening/

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