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Volunteer on the Farm

The Year-round Garden Teamis 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.). Each season, we will hold an orientation to introduce participants to upcoming activities. Activities will include native plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, mother-garden maintenance, and greenhouse production.

 

  • Dates/Times - All Year, Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (July 1 through September 30 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
  • Location - American River Ranch location (2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670)
  • Orientation Dates - Wednesday, February 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; July 1, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; October 7 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Contact - Daylin Wade at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Member Testimonial:

"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

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, meet new people. Learn new skills and have fun cooking with farm fresh produce and culinary herbs. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

 

We need volunteers to help with:

  • Farm Stand Cooking Demo Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. from May 24-Nov. 22 (commit to one Saturday each month)
  • Community Outreach Events (days and times vary)
  • Jr. Chef Summer Cooking Series (Saturdays in July & August)
  • Prepare Farm to Table Lunches for Staff, Volunteers and Guests (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesdays–Saturdays)
  • Fundraising/ Educational Events (A Day on the Farm, Saturday Events at the Farm, Summer Day Camp, Sunday Suppers, Autumn Equinox Celebration)
  • Food Preservation Workshops
  • Cooking Out of the (CSA) Box Classes
  • After School Cook's Club (begins this fall)
  • Wednesday Evening Summer Family Events
  • Harvest Sacramento Events (late fall - spring)
  • Guest Chef Events
  • Seasonal Wellness Days

 

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.

  • Dates/Times - ongoing
  • Location - American River Ranch location (2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670)
  • Contact - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hurley Medicinal Herb Garden Group

We want to create a team of people invested in maintaining and taking ownership over the herb garden at Hurley Way Farm. The intention will be to see who is interested in participating and brainstorm what plants we would like to see in the space. This is also an opportunity to brainstorm how we would like to see this space evolve and how we can utilize it within our local community.

 

  • Dates/Times - On-going
  • Location - Hurley Way Farm (3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento)
  • Contact - For more info or to join the group, contact Daylin Wade at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Spring Beautification Series

Help us get the farm ready for our spring open house! Potential projects may include: weeding, digging Bermuda grass, spreading mulch, preparing beds, adding rock borders, and maintaining perennial plants.

 

  • Dates/Times - Saturday, April 25, May 2, May 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location - American River Ranch location (2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670)

Saturday Volunteer Days - Summer Field Days

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 $4; 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.

 

  • Dates/Times - Every Saturday, June 6 through November 7, 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. optional tour, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. volunteer workday, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. lunch with the farmers ($4)
  • Location - American River Ranch location (2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670)
  • Volunteer testimonial:

    "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

     

    Hurley Work Days

    Help us get the farm ready for our Autumn Equinox Celebration where we celebrate the bounty of this season! Potential projects may include: weeding, digging Bermuda grass, spreading mulch, preparing beds, adding rock borders, and maintaining perennial plants.

     

    • Dates - Saturdays, September 5, 12
    • Location - Hurley Way Farm (3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento)

     

    Group Volunteering

    Does your community group or volunteer organization want to participate in something with an impact? Get involved in farm workdays, food access projects, or school garden workdays. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include the size of your group, potential dates you could come, and any other considerations.

     

    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 Daylin Wade at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

     

    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.

     

    Required skills:

    • Ability to work in partnership with youth, rather than as a service provider.
    • Ability to be on your feet for several hours and walk across uneven terrain.
    • Ability to relate, interact and empower youth from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.
    • Knowledge/Interest in environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture.
    • Possess a desire and ability to work in the Youth Garden, a quarter-acre production and education garden.
    • Basic knowledge of healthy eating habits and cooking, including seasonal, minimally processed foods.

    For adult volunteer opportunities, please contact Guy Galante, Youth Education Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

     

    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
    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.