Become A Volunteer

WE NEED YOUR HEARTFUL HELP

Volunteer at our South Chicago Farm! This summer we’re in great need of community support to maintain our farms. This spring gave us lots of water, and this summer is full of sun, which means our produce (and weeds!) are thriving. Whether you want to help your community, learn more about growing food, or just want to get your hands in the soil, Urban Growers Collective offers opportunities for individuals and groups to get in touch with the land. Come out and support our farm sites during the week, or on Saturdays!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Saturday volunteer opportunities for the 2020 season are now available from weekly 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at our South Chicago Farm site located at 9000 S. Mackinaw).

Roosevelt Square Farm, located at 1250 S. Loomis, has a 9:00 am-12:00 pm volunteer slot every Saturday morning.

We also have weekly volunteer slots that occur on an added needed basis.  Please check our social media for weekly additions.

Sign-up here for volunteer slots. **Volunteers must register through the link and sign a waiver and photo release form AHEAD OF ARRIVAL to be allowed on site. 

Recurring Volunteers:

This year we’re offering recurring volunteer opportunities for community members who would like to consistently support our work. If you are interested in becoming a recurring volunteer, please fill out the form here

Reach out to outreach@urbangrowerscollective.org with any questions about becoming a recurring volunteer.

Group & Corporate Volunteers:

Large group volunteering is on hold until further notice. If you’d like to figure out how your group or business can get involved eventually, please email info@urbangrowerscollective.org.

Other Ways to Help:

Many different types of volunteer opportunities exist, from farming to graphic design. If you have a skill that you think might be useful, please speak up and we’ll put you to work. Carpentry, plumbing/irrigation, web design, administrative support, and community outreach are all areas we are particularly interested in receiving support this year.

Volunteer Safety Protocol:

To ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff the following social distancing measures will be implemented:

  • 10 volunteers will be allowed on-site for each time slot 
  • Volunteers must register in advance to be allowed on site(s)
  • Masks and gloves must be worn while on site(s). Disposable masks are available as needed. Volunteers must bring their own gloves.
  • While on-site, we ask that volunteers maintain a 6ft distance between themselves and others at all times. 
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes, protective sun gear, and bring a water bottle!

For questions or accommodations contact us at (773) 376-8882 & info@urbangrowerscollective.org.

*All Volunteering is subject to change based on the City of Chicago and State of Illinois guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How early should I get to the farm?

All individuals or groups should arrive on-site at or before their scheduled time. Please come on time as we begin our program promptly and need to start working. At arrival, we will have your group sign our volunteer ledger. Then we will tell you briefly about the project and divide up, if needed, to begin the day’s tasks.

What is the work like?

Farming is hard work. Depending on the season, you may be preparing beds, shifting compost, planting, harvesting, tending vegetables, or cleaning up the land. We work rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather. Expect to get your hands and clothes dirty by the end of the day.

What do I need to wear and bring?

  • Closed-toe shoes (absolutely no sandals or flip flops)
  • Water bottle filled with water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Work gloves (if you want them)
  • Rain gear (depending on weather).

We will supply all the tools you will need to work. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or anaphylaxis, please bring your inhaler or epi-pen and tell your group leader of your condition before working in the field. We do have an apiary at the farm, as well as other native bees.

What do I wear when working on the land?

Long pants and shirts are recommended for farm work. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. Keep in mind that you will get dirty and be prepared for warm, cold, or wet weather. Bring extra layers and rain gear so that you are comfortable working in most weather conditions. A box of garbage bags is a good item to bring in case people in your group don’t bring rain gear.

Do we still work when it rains?

Yes, we work when it rains. The grower will tell staff and group leaders to stop working when weather conditions are not conducive for fieldwork.

What about lunch and water?

Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch. You should bring enough water to get you through your work commitment.

Please Note:

DO NOT bring personal items with you to the farm. We do not have storage on site for personal items, and will not take responsibility for your belongings. If you bring personal belongings, such as phones, wallets, etc., you do so at your own risk.

Service Learning:

We love working with students interested in environmental stewardship and can accommodate service-learning students to help youth complete their community service commitment.”

Questions?

Give us a call at 773.376.8882 or email info@urbangrowerscollective.org.

Thank you for supporting Urban Growers Collective.

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