Volunteer With Us

Volunteers play a pivotal role in our programming and are the cornerstone of our organization. With your help, we can make a greater impact on the health of our community.

Farm Field Trip Volunteer Educator

Schoolyard Farms is seeking Farm Field Trip Volunteer Educators to lead hands-on learning stations teaching the ecology and stewardship of Soil, Water, and Food this Spring! Come inspire 6th graders to take care of themselves and our world. Volunteers must enjoy being outdoors in all seasons, rain or shine. Training in sustainable agriculture practices and experiential education is provided. Attending volunteer trainings, interest in volunteering with us during at least two field trips this Spring (of either track), and willingness to submit a background check form are all required. Sign-up for as many field trips as you are able to volunteer and one required training per field trip track. We look forward to teaching and learning with you!

Track One: Soil & Water Field Trip Trainings: please attend one! Track One: Soil & Water Field Trips 9am -1pm: Track Two: Food Field Trip Trainings: please attend one! Track Two: Food Field Trips 9am -1pm:

All trainings and field trips are held on our one-acre mini production Farm at:
Candy Lane Elementary School: 5901 SE Hull Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97267

Sign-up here today!

Farm Field Trip Volunteer Form

Drop-in Volunteer Days

Swing by the farm at Candy Lane Elementary (5901 SE Hull Ave. Milwaukie, OR. 97267) any Friday in April-October from 1-4pm (from June-August we extend our volunteer hours to 1-5pm) to help with general farm tasks. No need to RSVP, just come by and enjoy the benefits of working outside with your hands!

We occasionally host Drop-in Volunteer Days on the weekends throughout the growing season. Like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with those volunteer opportunities.

Farm Field Volunteer

Availability Requirements: Tuesdays–Thursday, April–October, between 9am and 4pm. Hours are flexible. Minimum commitment is 4 hours per month.

Farm Field Volunteers will help with all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables on one-acre of the schoolyard at Candy Lane Elementary. The produce is grown for a 55-member CSA, Head Start, local grocers and the school cafeteria. Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. The volunteers will help with seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising, washing and packing produce, small machine maintenance and operation, including weed whackers, mowers and tillers.

School Garden Educator Volunteer

Availability Requirements: Wednesdays and Thursdays, April–June + September-November, between 8 am and 2pm. Shifts are 3 hours long. Minimum commitment is 1 shift per month.

The School Garden Educator Volunteers will assist the Garden Educators in teaching hands-on lessons in the garden on science, stewardship, cooking and/or garden skills. They may be asked to lead a group of 8-15 2nd-5th graders in a lesson designed by SYF staff.

Responsibilities include supporting hands-on farm chores such as weeding and harvesting, and reinforcing farm and food safety guidelines for students. Volunteers are expected to keep up-to-date on Schoolyard Farms news and information through newsletters and volunteer refreshers and enrichments.

Volunteers must enjoy being outdoors in all seasons, rain or shine. Experience and/or interest working with school-aged children, and an interest in food, farming and environmental education is preferred.

Summer Camp Educator Volunteer

Availability Requirements: Availability Requirements: Mondays-Fridays, June 20 – August 19, between 8am and 4pm. Shifts are 3 hours long. Minimum commitment is 1 shift per week.

The Summer Camp Educator Volunteers will assist the Summer Camp Educators in teaching hands-on lessons in the garden on farming, ecology and healthy eating. They may be asked to lead a group of 8-15 2nd-5th graders in a lesson designed by SYF staff.

Responsibilities include providing for the safety, well-being, and care for the unique needs of campers outdoors. Volunteer educators will help bring camp curriculum to life for high-energy groups of 1st-6th graders, including prep, leadership and clean-up. Volunteers role model healthy eating, active living, and appropriate use of technology. Volunteers observe Schoolyard Farms’ Food Safety, Farm Safety, 1st Aid, and Emergency Protocol. Volunteers commit to consistent attendance, timeliness, and finding own transportation to and from site. Last but not least, volunteers contribute to a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms.

Volunteers must enjoy being outdoors, rain or shine. Experience and/or interest working with school-aged children, and an interest in food, farming and environmental education is preferred.

How to Apply to be a Volunteer

Fill out the Volunteer Application. We will confirm that we have received your application and invite you to one of our volunteer training days. After you have attended the training day you can begin volunteering!

Volunteer Application

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Schoolyard Farms creates healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate.
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