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Garden Team

Work and Learn on Saturdays

Looking for a fun way to get some exercise, fresh air and sunshine? Come play, make friends, get your hands in the soil and nourish your spirit. Volunteers are welcome every Saturday. Meet at the Sacred Circle. The team works on tending our teaching gardens and production fields at the American River Ranch. You’ll help out and learn about herbs, native plants, flowers, trees, and vegetables. Tasks change with the season. It’s an opportunity to gain knowledge and build skills. Beginning and experienced gardeners are welcome. Adults and youth up to 17 years old only please. Help us plan accordingly, sign up in advance >>

Schedule (Jan-Mar)
9:30-9:40am Volunteer Check-in meet in Bird Sanctuary and Tea Garden
Please arrive on-time, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be able to join the group.
9:40am–10am Greeting, ground walk and tasks discussion
10–12:15pm Work and Learn
12:15–12:30pm Clean up and tool sanitation, gratitude and good-bye.

Schedule (Mar-Jun and Sep-Dec)
8:30-8:40am Volunteer Check-in meet in Bird Sanctuary and Tea Garden
Please arrive on-time, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be able to join the group.
8:40am–9am Greeting, ground walk and tasks discussion
9–11:15am Work and Learn
11:15–11:30am Clean up and tool sanitation, gratitude and good-bye.

Schedule (Jun-Sep)
7:30-7:40am Volunteer Check-in meet in Bird Sanctuary and Tea Garden
Please arrive on-time, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be able to join the group.
7:40am–8am Greeting, ground walk and tasks discussion
8–10:15am Work and Learn
10:15–10:30am Clean up and tool sanitation, gratitude and good-bye.

Gardens Volunteer Team

We are looking to build a small team of experienced and aspiring organic gardeners to help care for our demonstration gardens. This team meets two Tuesday mornings a month and supports a variety of activities including planting, bed clearing, weeding, cover cropping, direct seeding and young fruit tree care. Garden team activities are usually 2-3 hours long and require the ability to do physical outdoor work.Send a statement of interest to Stuart Burke-Jones, Gardens Coordinator >>

Greenhouse Volunteer Team

Calling all green thumbs and greenhouse enthusiasts! As the Fall planting season approaches, we are looking to grow our small, regular group of greenhouse volunteers. This group meets Wednesday mornings and supports our greenhouse staff in seeding, potting up, propagating and more. Familiarity with plants and gardening along with the ability to perform physical, standing work for 3 hours required. Send a statement of interest to Emily Hain, Greenhouse Manager >>

Join the Harvest Sacramento Team

Join us and other volunteers to cultivate Sacramento’s edible city! We’re looking for Neighborhood Action Leaders. Get trained to lead harvest events in your neighborhood. We’ll connect you with homes that want to donate fruit, organizations who want to receive fruit donations, and tools to get it all done. Want to get trained to be a leader for your neighborhood? Training for new leaders takes place December through March. Contact the Harvest Sacramento Team >>

These are some ways you can support our work:

Be a Harvest Leader: We will train you to lead your own harvests in your neighborhood.
Join a Neighborhood Harvest: Email us for more information >>
Donate: Donate your fruit >>

For more information or to get involved with Harvest Sacramento’s programs, contact the Harvest Sacramento Team.


Growing Together: School Garden Volunteers Needed

Do you enjoy gardening? Would you like to support a school garden program? We are always in need of volunteers to help maintain our school gardens. Basic garden tasks like pruning, weeding, racking and caring for a variety of garden spaces can help our Growing Together project. We would love to find three to five garden angels that can commit three hours per month stewarding a school garden space. The schedule can be flexible. For more information, contact Shannon Hardwicke >>

Culinary Arts Team

We are looking for several passionate chefs, home cooks, educators and culinary students (18 years or older) who are interested in volunteering with our team on a regular basis. Activities may include: prep, cooking, events, food preservation, mentoring youth, mobile cooking demos, nutrition and culinary education. For more information contact Michelle Sikora >>.

Become a Soil Born Cultivator

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.

Seeking Corporate Partners

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.

Volunteer Your Skills of Trade

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 >>