Volunteers are essential for Urban Harvest to fullfill its mission. Whether as a Farmers Market assistant or volunteering at a school garden build, we need your help! Please read the volunteer descriptions below.
Community Gardens: Group Volunteers
Community Gardens: Individual Volunteers
Community Gardens always need dedicated volunteers to help in gardens! Many of the gardens have their contact information posted on our community gardens map. If not, you will be directed to contact the Urban Harvest Community Gardens Coordinator who will put you in touch with the garden coordinator. It helps to volunteer in a garden close to you. No garden experience is required to volunteer in a community garden. See the community garden volunteer page for more information.
After School Garden Assistant: This volunteer opportunity entails assisting our garden instructors that service approximately 20 youth partner sites; including elementary schools, middles schools, and community centers that offer after school gardening programs. This volunteer could be a regular assistant that helps with the gardening instructor's hands-on gardening classes that include activities involving science, math, and other core subjects, as well as planting, growing, and harvesting of seasonal vegetables and fruit. It could be as a volunteer that specifically helps with cooking activities or garden maintenance. The after-school times usually run from 3-5 pm or 4-6pm (approx. 2.5 hrs each class).
School Garden Build Volunteer: This volunteer opportunity allows volunteers to help build school gardens that are used as outdoor classrooms for the Houston ISD and Spring Branch ISD schools that Urban Harvest has during-school and after-school garden programming. We have a brief training and overview of the garden or habitat build objectives. We will include you in our school garden email list and will email you when we have a community garden work day scheduled. (Approx. 2-3 hrs each build.)
For all Youth Education volunteer opportunities, please click here to email the volunteer coordinator.
Classes Helper: This volunteer opportunity entails helping to set up the classroom, check in students and hand out class materials as well as provide information about Urban Harvest. Volunteers get credit for classes for which they are a helper and may take classes for free as a benefit for your contribution of time. (Approx. 2.5 hrs each class.)
For all Classes volunteer opportunities, please click here to email the volunteer coordinator.
Eastside Farmers Market Assistant: Volunteers are expected to help with setup and take down of tables, tents, and other market infrastructure. Help with special projects and various other duties will be assigned. Please bring water, sunscreen, and a big hat. Volunteers will gain an understanding of the farmers market operations, from setup to management. Volunteers will also spend time with board members at the greeter's booth to learn more about the organization as a whole.
Volunteer Shifts at the market are Saturday's: 7am-10am & 11am-1pm. For Farmers Market volunteer opportunities, please click here to email the volunteer coordinator.