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Saturday Volunteer Days - Summer 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.

  • Dates/Times - Every Saturday, May 21 through November 5, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., lunch with the farmers 1-2pm ($5)
  • Location - American River Ranch location (2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670)
  • Please register in advance here
  • 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

     

Interested in Becoming a Work-trader on the Farm?

A work-trader will regularly help with weeding, harvesting, etc. on the farm and will recieve a CSA-style box of vegetables in return. All work- trade positions are currently filled. For more information, or if you would like to be put on the wait list email assistant farm manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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.

 

  • Dates/Times - All Year, Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (July through September 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.).
  • 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 with questions or to sign up!.


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 21-Nov. 19 (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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

     

    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 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 Alyssa Kassner, Youth Education Coordinator 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.

     

      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)
      1st Saturday of the month 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (June through November) Volunteerism outside of these hours (special projects, events, programs) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

      Youth volunteers please contact:
      Alyssa Kassner

      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
      Office: 916-361-1417
      Cell: 631-258-8522

     

Summer Community Service Opportunity for Teens

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 15-17yrs. willing to commit to volunteering at the American River Ranch (3) days per week for 5- 6 hours each shift between June22-Aug. 15.  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 the completion of the pilot program.  This program may continue as an after school program and some part time employment opportunities may become available with our organization.

Please send letter of interest to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by June 15.  

Please 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 parent’s 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.