Be part of our team! The Edible Campus Gardens survive and thrive because of an enthusiastic crew of student and community volunteers. In the 2018 growing season, volunteers logged over 720 hours in the gardens.
There are many ways you can get involved in the Gardens, plus volunteers get to take home fresh produce from the gardens. Skilled gardeners are particularly welcome, but no gardening experience is necessary.
Our garden continues to grow because of our wonderful volunteers. Join us to turn compost, plant seedlings, harvest produce, weed, or work on other various garden projects.
Our volunteer shift schedule varies by season, with fewer shifts in the winter. Please consider signing up for our garden volunteer newsletter here to view our most up-to-date schedule.
At this time we do not have any regularly scheduled volunteer shifts. Please check back mid-January for our spring semester schedule.
Garden Stewards- Volunteer Coordinators
The garden stewards are the team of student leaders who power the gardens program. They lead volunteer sessions, engage their peers, and build community. Garden stewards are paid positions; applications for new stewards are available in the spring.
What to expect when Volunteering
Volunteers go home with a small share of the harvest and learn about ecological gardening in a hands-on informal setting. At the volunteer sessions, we complete various seasonal tasks including planting, harvesting, weeding, etc. Barring lightning, the volunteer sessions are hosted rain or shine.
- If it is your first time the ECG, you will receive a short volunteer orientation from an ECG staff member
- Ask an ECG Steward will explain the session tasks at the beginning of the session
- Tools, gloves, and sunscreen are located in the shed
- If you are finished with your task, need help or have a question please ask an ECG Steward!
- Let an ECG Steward know when you are leaving
- Clean up, do a sweep of your area for tools, return tools to shed
- Record your time in the volunteer sign-in sheet
- If we are harvesting, collect your share of harvest after it has been weighed and recorded
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are located in shed
- Be careful with garden tools
- Close-toed shoes recommended
- Drink water, stay hydrated, take breaks often and have fun!
Contact Gardens Coordinator Jessica Kemper for more information.