Urban Harvest volunteering opportunities

Urban Harvest is an organization that encourages the community with the education and activity of organic gardening. Below are volunteer opportunities available:

Community Gardens Group Volunteers

Groups are needed to help out in community gardens! If you have a group who is interested please see directions above. Visit 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 the 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. Visit the community garden volunteer page for more information.

Youth Education

After School Garden Assistant: This volunteer opportunity entails assisting 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 the 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 lilly@urbanharvest.org

Classes 

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 lilly@urbanharvest.org

Farmers Market

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 tyler@urbanharvest.org

Want to volunteer? For questions and or details on days and times for class helper, garden assistant, and garden maintenance volunteering opportunities, please contact Lilly DeHaven at lilly@urbanharvest.org

For interest and questions on volunteer opportunities at the Farmer’s Market, please contact Tyler at tyler@urbanharvest.org.

Facebook: Urban Harvest’s Facebook Page

Website: Above volunteer opportunities are listed on Urban Harvest’s webpage on volunteers. The organizations’s website is Urbanharvest.org

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