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Volunteers Needed for Farm Restoration Project

The Button Farm House

Who: Open to the Public (Student Service Learning Approved)

When: Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Seneca Creek State Park, Button Farm Living History Center, 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown

Contact: 202-903-4140 or

The Menare Foundation, Inc. is seeking volunteers to help clean and prep Button Farm ─ a property in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources curatorship program ─ for the start of its 8-month restoration. Volunteers may arrive anytime during the clean-up and stay for as long as they would like.

The event will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring local dignitaries and groups who have helped with the project. Volunteers will work either indoors or outdoors, cleaning up the house, barn and/or grounds.

Grounds work will include trail clearing, wood stacking and gardening. There will be some tools available, but volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own, including rakes, weed-whackers and other hand tools, labeled with their name.

Inside tasks includes cleaning out the house and barn, and boxing up items for storage. The foundation is also seeking individuals with skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tree-cutting, tilling, painting, and small engine and tool repair.

Volunteers should dress in comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves, water, a lunch or snack, bug spray, as well as any hand soap, paper towels, napkins, cups, etc. Visitors should remember to Leave No Trace and take with them what they bring.

Making fresh apple cider for the celebration

After the clean-up, the foundation will honor volunteers at an Appreciation Celebration bonfire with fresh cider from the press, marshmallows and s’mores. Without volunteers Button Farm would not be able to complete this task so they invite everyone to bring their family and friends, be their guest, and help them celebrate.