Volunteer with Harvest Sacramento
Participate in an urban fruit harvest (calendar of upcoming events)
Volunteer with Soil Born Farms & Yisrael Urban Family Farms
Saturday Volunteer Days- Summmer Field Days
Mid-May through November 5
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. Adults only please. Youth 15-17 years old are welcome and must have a waiver signed by a parent.
Enjoy lunch with the farm crew after your volunteer shift! Lunch is $5; please pay in cash at lunchtime. If you would like to join us, please sign up in advance by 4 p.m. on Friday. If you reserve a space at the table for lunch and can't make it please let us know so we can plan accordingly.
What to bring - 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.
"It's helped me to relax quite a bit. I spend the week inside in an office. So being outside with a group of friends on a Saturday morning is an excellent change. Having physical work to do is very satisfying. Somehow I also like the small things as well. Like eating a meal together with the farm staff after the work activity. Maybe it's because I never did that growing up." - Mark Zeiders
Work & Learn Day
Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am to 12:30pm
Come out to the farm for a work & learn day. Projects around the farm will vary from building planter boxes to creating mosaic stepping stones to place around the Farmstand. Enjoy lunch with our staff for $5. Advance registration required. Sign up >>
Wednesday, August 24 • 6 to 7:30pm
Are you interested in volunteering at the farm but unsure about what opportunities are available? Then plan to join us for our Volunteer Orientation. We are always in need of electricians, landscapers, plumbers, carpenters too. Sign up >>
Kids’ Activity Tent at the Farmstand
Saturdays • 7:30am to 1pm
Work Trade Position
Help Soil Born Farms, Learn & Take Home Organic Produce!
Work in the Field
This is a great opportunity to work alongside the farm team, learn about organic farming and meet people from your community! In exchange for working a 4-hour shift once a week in the field, work traders receive a box of produce from the farm. We are looking for people that will enjoy doing healthy, physical work that will benefit themselves, the farm, and the community. We expect individuals to be consistent, punctual, dependable, and hardworking while retaining a sense of humor and fun. Field work trade positions for the spring/summer farming season begin in May.
Work with the Farmstand Crew
Work in the Farmhouse Kitchen
Year-round Garden Team
This is a group that consistently meets to work on special areas of the farm, providing an opportunity to build personal knowledge and skills. Every Wednesday morning we meet at the American River Ranch from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (during the summer season we meet from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m.). Activities will include native plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, mother-garden maintenance, and greenhouse production.
"I know so much more about gardening and I know that it's okay to make mistakes. ('Let's just see what happens') I adore the folks who've participated with me and appreciate their independent knowledge. I feel like I've made lifelong friends and have gotten a great education!" - Suzanne Streater
Join the Culinary Arts Team
We need volunteers to help with:
Skilled Volunteers Needed
We are seeking handy people - volunteers with skills in construction, building, carpentry, general repairs, and landscaping to assist with various improvement projects around the American River Ranch. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us with a brief description of your skill set and your availability.
The Farm on Hurley Way Work Days
Fridays • 7am to 12pm
Location - Hurley Way Farm (3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento)
Seeking Corporate Partners
Junior Chef Summer Internship Opportunity
We are looking for inspired teens (ages 15-17) willing to commit up to 15 hours per week in our Farmhouse Kitchen at the American River Ranch. Shifts will be 3 days per week for 5 to 6 hours each shift between Tues., June 21 and Sat., Aug. 13. Some home cooking experience is required. This is a valuable volunteer opportunity for youth to gain hands-on experience, make new friends and fulfill community service requirements. Learn new skills by assisting the culinary team with cooking, educational demos, harvesting, chores, prep, event support, kitchen cleanliness, and other job skills related to the food service industry. A healthy lunch is included. A waiver signed by a parent or guardian is required.
Community Service Opportunity for Teens
Summer 2016 at the American River Ranch
Soil Born Farms is piloting a teen program targeted at youth who are interested in farming, gardening, woodworking, cooking, caring for the environment, social justice and meeting other like-minded youth. We are looking for up to 15 inspired teens ages 15 to 17 willing to commit to volunteering at the American River Ranch 3 days per week for 5 to 6 hours each shift between Tues., June 21 and Sat., Aug. 13.
Participants will benefit from job skills training, leadership development, friendship, community involvement and learning about food, health and the environment. Lunch will be provided. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. We will provide letters of recommendation upon completion of the pilot program. (May continue as an after-school program and some part-time SBF employment opportunities could become available.)
Please send a letter of interest to Andrea Jaggers and Janet Zeller by June 10.
Let us know which team you are most interested in:
Jr. Farmers: Work on the farm, herb and native gardens and at our farm stand
Jr. Chefs: Work in our kitchen, cooking demos and support at events
Jr. Changemakers: Site improvement projects, greenhouse support, community events and harvest sacramento fruit gleaning
Requirements: Must provide own transportation. Must sign a volunteer waiver and have parental approval. Must be available to work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm (Jr. Farmers may begin earlier). Must enjoy working outside and be able to tolerate the summer heat.
Volunteer with the Youth Education Program
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 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Soil Born Farms! Each year, volunteers contribute hundreds of hours, and help make Soil Born Farms what it is today. 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 will most likely spend their time in and around the youth garden at the American River Ranch. Volunteer support is mostly needed in March, April, May, September and October, before organization wide events, and when there are large random 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: 15 youth
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.
VOLUNTEER SHIFTS (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
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.
Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (May through September, times may vary with the season)
Youth volunteers please contact: