REC Volunteer Opportunities
When and how can I volunteer?
YouthGROW Farm Drop in Hours: We host drop-in volunteer hours at each of our YouthGROW farms from April until early November.
Locations and times:
Oread Street Farm: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-5:30
Grant Square Farm: Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
What should I expect? Expect to get your hands dirty! Depending on the day and program you may be planting, weeding, harvesting, and cleaning up the farm.
How can I prepare? You should bring water, dress according to the weather, and must wear closed-toe shoes.
What if it rains? If it rains while still warm we do work inside and in the high tunnel. When temperatures reach below 45 degrees we will likely cancel farm and garden volunteer hours for the day.
Who can volunteer?
REC welcomes support from volunteers of all ages and experience levels. Our open farm volunteer hours are a great introductory experience to our work for any age. Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
The YouthGROW farms are not ADA accessible and have uneven and rough terrain. Please reach out to our Director of Programs directly for information on accessible volunteer opportunities at email@example.com.
Can I arrange for a group to volunteer?
Our staff has experience working with volunteer groups ranging from small groups to large all-day events over a variety of ages and experience levels.
REC is able to host groups of up to 40 people at the YouthGROW farm between the months of April-June and mid August-October. We are unable to host groups at the YouthGROW farms in July and early August. We can accommodate groups as large as 20 volunteers from April-October at our school and community garden sites.
We generally require 2 weeks advance notice to schedule a group volunteer opportunity. Whe recommend scheduling a minimum of two hours and a maximum of four hours for an optimal experience. For shorter times and smaller groups, our team will do a brief introduction and volunteers should expect to jump right into farm tasks. For larger groups volunteering for longer periods, we are happy to incorporate farm or community garden tours, group discussion, and extended Q&A in addition to farm work. We have sheltered space on our YouthGROW farm where we can accommodate groups for meals on site.
Please fill out this google form to inform us of your group and an REC staff member will reach out to you shortly.
Can I volunteer during the winter?
We close the YouthGROW farm for the winter in late November and reopen in April. We do not host drop in hours at the farm between these months.
Greenhouses: From February to April you can join us in preparing for the reopening of the farm as we grow seedlings in greenhouses. These locations are not fixed so look out for updates on our website and Facebook page or contact Tom firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events: Check back in winter 2020 for updated opportunities.
How can I get more involved?
Intern! If you are interested in regular volunteering with a deeper focus on a particular program and increased responsibilities, we recommend reviewing our internship opportunities. Each of our programs, YouthGROW, UGROW, and the Farmers Market, host internships which enable individuals to become more involved with the REC.
Donate! Looking to support the REC in another form? We greatly appreciate all donations. You can also set up a recurring donation and become a Grow Club member!
Visit our Farmers Markets!
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email our Director of Programs, Grace, at email@example.com to share your skills and interest and see how you can get involved!