Spring, summer, and fall interns and volunteers are the impetus behind CCUA’s day-to day activities. Come on out and help CCUA build a community with a strong local food system.
Volunteers can come out to help and learn on a more casual basis. We have regularly scheduled volunteer times at our Urban Farm, at Kilgores Community Garden, and with our new Urban Orchards Initiative. Volunteers are members of the public who help out while getting their hands dirty and learning about urban food production.
All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Training before they start doing any volunteer work with CCUA for the season. Each volunteer event will have a 30 minute training prior to the work day. Attending ONE volunteer training prior to any of the events lasts for the whole year and is good training for ANY CCUA volunteer event.
|Urban Farm||First Saturday 10a-2p; Training 9:30a-10a||Heather Gillich
|Urban Farm||Second Sunday 3p-7p; Training 2:30p-3p||Heather Gillich
|Kilgore’s Community Garden||Wednesday 5-8p; Training 4:30-5p||Billy Polansky
|Urban Orchards Initiative||Thursday 5-7 p;Training 4:30p-5p||Adam Saunders
Urban Farm Volunteer Workday: Help us grow at our 1.3 acre Urban Farm! Come get hands-on experience at a working commercial Urban Farm. This is our largest volunteer event and the best for large groups to attend. Please let us know if you plan to bring a group.
Kilgore’s Giving Garden Workday: Help raised food for donation to downtown schools and organizations! Kilgore’s Pharmacy generously converted its empty lot into a diversified garden for the benefit of the community. Get hands on growing skills and directly help your community!
Urban Orchards Initiative Workday: Workdays on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Urban Farm will focus on projects that help the Urban Orchard Initiative by making signage, and scouting/inventorying trees. Workdays on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5th and Park Street will maintain public fruit tree and berry bush plantings with all their needs.
Helpful Tips for Volunteers
To help you enjoy your time with us, here are a few tips to help you prepare for a day on the farm.
- It is important to stay hydrated while on a farm! There will be access to city water (via a water fountain), so bring a water bottle with you to refill.
- Make sure to protect skin with as much clothing as possible (such as hats, long sleeves, pants, and closed toed shoes). Wear sun block to prevent sunburn!
- The farm does have a restroom and several hand washing stations for cleanliness on the farm.
- Be sure to wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- There will be snacks at the farm, so be sure to have a list of any allergies.
- There are gloves available at the farm, but supplies are limited. Please have gloves if you feel that they will be needed.
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