Volunteers are essential for Urban Harvest to fullfill its mission. Whether as a roustabout at the market or volunteering at a school garden build, we need your help! Please read the volunteer descriptions below.
Community Gardens Group Volunteers
We are always looking for groups to help out in community gardens! If you have a group who is interested please see directions above. See the community garden volunteer page for more information.
Community Gardens Individual 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 it will direct you to contact the Community Gardens Coordinator who will put you in touch with the garden coordinator. It helps to volunteer in a garden close to you (you will be more likely to go back!) If you are particularly interested in working in a community garden that is more in need of volunteers please let us know. We will also need to know how far you are willing to travel to a garden. 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 afterschool times usually run from 3 - 5pm 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 the day and after school garden programming. We have a brief training and overview of the garden or habitat build objectives. Let us know you're interested and 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) Youth education volunteer opportunities: email email@example.com
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) email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastside Farmers Market Roustabout: 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. email email@example.com