Are you interested in volunteering at the farm but you aren’t sure what opportunities are available? We will tell you about ALL of our programs and you can decide which one fits you best. Afterwards, you will able to sign up for more specific information and take a flyer about upcoming events. Even if you have volunteered in the past, you might learn something new. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for past volunteers to speak about their experience. Look for orientation dates and sign up in advance >>
Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 12:45pm, May 26 through November 17, 2018. Experience a day in the life of a farmer. Work with our experienced farm staff, apprentices and volunteer coordinators on weeding, harvesting, and various other farm activities. Learn about the daily activities required to maintain and run a mixed vegetable and fruit production operation. Bring closed-toe shoes, a hat, a water bottle and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We highly recommend wearing pants and long sleeves. Adults only please. Youth 15–17 years old are welcome and must have a waiver signed by a parent. *First time volunteers meet in Oak Shelter at 9:15am. Sign up in advance >>
Volunteers meets every Wednesday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the American River Ranch to work on special areas of the farm, providing an opportunity to build personal knowledge and skills. Come get your hands in the soil and help care for the demonstration gardens at the farm. It’s a great way to spend the morning.
Interested in greenhouse activities and mother-garden maintenance? contact Alex >>
Come play, make friends, get your hands in the soil and nourish your spirit. We need help tending our teaching gardens (medicinal herbs, native plants, flowers, market garden, butterfly sanctuary, orchard and succulents) and support greenhouse activities. Stay after for a cup of tea. Kellan will share herbal wisdom and life lessons she has learned from plants from 12:45 to 1:30pm.
Our culinary arts team is looking for passionate chefs, home cooks, educators and students interested in volunteering for our cooking education program. It’s a great opportunity to volunteer in your community, share your knowledge with others and meet new people. Learn new skills and have fun cooking with farm-fresh produce and culinary herbs. Contact Michelle Sikora if you are interested in more information about any of these volunteer opportunities: Hands-On Cooking with Youth; Cooking Class Assistants; Community Outreach Events; Meal Preparation; Fundraising/ Educational Events (A Day on the Farm, Saturday Events at the Farm, Autumn Equinox Celebration); Cooks Camp (summer); After School Cooks Club (fall); Food Preservation Workshops; Guest Chef Events. All volunteer shifts are by appointment only.
We have a full schedule of community-powered fruit tree gleaning, garden building and fruit tree planting events planned for 2018. We hope you’ll join us to cultivate the edible city! Check these links for upcoming volunteer opportunities:
Harvest Sacramento Event and Training Schedule >>
Join a Neighborhood Harvest Group >>
Donate Fruit From Your Tree >>
These are some ways you can support us:
Booking Harvests: Contact home owners from our fruit tree database to schedule sites for our weekly harvests.
Office Support: Help with harvest record keeping, event materials and data tracking.
Photography: Photograph an event and help us better tell our story.
Harvest Event Logistics: Setup, registration, serving meals, cleanup, etc.
Adult volunteers who work with our Youth Education programs will work in partnership with students grades K-12, and engage in gardening and nature-based activities that promote leadership, improve awareness of the connections between the food we grow and consume, our own personal health, and the health of the environment. Most education volunteer shifts are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Saturday shifts are generally from May to September only. There are special events when Youth Education volunteers, both teens and adults, are needed. Youth Education volunteers may also be interested in assisting with materials prep, or data entry throughout the year.
We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule for at least one semester. Individuals who want to further their growth as educators in a unique urban farm setting are desired.
Roots and Wings Field Trips on the Farm
Tuesday–Saturday • 8am–12:30pm
Saturday Farm Stand Kids Activity Booth
Saturdays • 8am–12:30pm
Garden Work Days
Saturdays • 8:30–10:30am
For specific volunteer dates or general questions, contact Alyssa Kassner >>
Soil Born Farms highly values volunteers and we know how some youth in our community seek such opportunities for school, church, and organized youth groups. Youth volunteers usually work in and around the youth garden at the American River Ranch. Volunteer support is needed in March, April, May, September and October, before organization-wide events, and when there are large projects in the works. Due to the nature of the tasks involved, volunteering at the farm is best suited for youth age 10 and up. Volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer opportunities for youth under the age of 10 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Maximum group size is 15 youth. Volunteer groups with 15+ youth will be handled on a case-by-case basis. All volunteers must have a completed Soil Born Farms Waiver Form on file before work begins. Volunteers are responsible for handling their own time cards and tracking forms.
These days and hours are subject to change at any time. Other youth classes, event schedules, weather, project needs, staff availability and other factors may conflict with volunteer scheduling. Volunteerism outside of the following hours (special projects, events, programs) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
1st Tuesday of the month: 3:30–5:30pm (September through May, times may vary with the season)
1st Saturday of the month: 8:30–10:30am (June through November)
For more information, contact Alyssa Kassner >>
Would you like to impact elementary school students in a school garden? Do you desire to see students in needy schools learn about healthy food? Soil Born’s Growing Together School Garden Initiative is urgently in need of volunteers and extra hands to help get students into their school gardens. We need volunteers who are comfortable working with children Kindergarten through 6th grade who can make a regular commitment of at least 3 hours, once a week to a school campus. You will be deeply rewarded as you see students inspired and transformed by these spaces. For more information, contact Shannon Hardwicke >>
Help Soil Born Farms, learn and take home organic produce! Work traders will regularly help on the farm and receive a CSA box of vegetables in return. More information for each position is listed below.
Our summer work trade positions have been filled, but stay tuned for potential opportunities to work in the field with our Farm Team this fall. We will update this page as positions open up. Work traders are compensated with a box of produce for a weekly 4-hour shift. If you are interested, please participate in a Saturday field day this summer, and contact Maggie to be added to the wait list. Please read the work trade details before contacting Maggie.
We need a few committed work traders to join us for the 2018 season. Our Farmstand is open every Saturday through November 17. It’s a fun job and you will receive a box of organic produce and a few other perks for each shift.
Produce and Customer Service Clerk: The work shift is 6:30am to 1pm on alternate Saturdays. Duties include: setup, customer service, keeping things tidy, tracking inventory for certain items, restocking items, cashiering/weighing produce, interacting with shoppers, clean up and breakdown in exchange for a CSA box of produce each shift you work. Customer service experience and some produce knowledge is preferable. Send letter of interest and include your availability to Rebecca >>
Are you passionate about Soil Born Farms? Are you excited about the work we do feeding the hungry, improving access to healthy food and increasing the health of our community? Do you enjoy telling your friends, colleagues and family about Soil Born Farms? Join our team of Cultivators who help us with our fundraising activities and spread the news about how we are positively impacting our community. Contact Janet Zeller for more information.
Is your office looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? We invite corporate groups to join us for a day of working on the farm. As a non-profit, we welcome donations and matching funds. Contact the SBF office for more information.
We need skilled tradespeople who want to volunteer either on a consistent or project-to-project basis. We are always in need of electricians, landscapers, plumbers, carpenters, etc. Contact the SBF office >>
We need volunteers to distribute event/class flyers throughout the Sacramento area. Must provide own transportation and enjoy interacting with the public. Distribution dates and times vary. Contact Adriana >>