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.

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 35-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: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 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, conservation, 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 should enjoy being outdoors in all seasons. 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, July 6 – August 14, 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. Bringing camp curriculum to life for high-energy groups of 1st-6th graders, including prep, leadership and clean-up. Enthusiastically role model healthy eating, active living, and appropriate use of technology Observe Schoolyard Farms’ Food Safety, Farm Safety, 1st Aid, and Emergency Protocol. Commit to consistent attendance, timeliness, and finding own transportation to and from site. Contribute to a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms.

Volunteers should enjoy being outdoors. 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

About Us

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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