Become A Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Urban Growers Collective! We would not be able to do the work that we do without the support of our incredible volunteers. While we won’t have regular volunteer opportunities available until late spring of 2021, be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on any special volunteer opportunities (or other fun events) over the winter!


Ready to get your hands dirty? Spring through fall, Urban Growers Collective offers weekly volunteer opportunities! 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 you to get in touch with the land. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on 2021 volunteer opportunities!


In 2020, we were excited to begin to offer recurring volunteer opportunities for folks who would like to consistently support our work. Interested in volunteering with us on a regular basis during the 2021 season? Send us an email at


Due to COVID-19, large group volunteering is on hold until further notice. If you’d like to figure out another way for your group or business to get involved, please fill out the form below.




Volunteering FAQ

How early should I get to the farm?

Plan to arrive a few minutes before your shift begins. Please come on time because we begin our program promptly, and there’s a lot to be done!

What is the work like?

Farming is hard work! Depending on the season, you may be preparing beds, shifting compost, planting, harvesting, 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 bring?

A face mask or covering, a water bottle filled with water; sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat if it’s sunny or rain gear if it’s stormy; and a snack. UGC will provide all the tools you’ll need to work. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or anaphylaxis, please bring your inhaler or epi-pen and inform your group leader of your condition before beginning work. We do have an apiary at our South Chicago farm, and there are many native bees around.

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

What should I wear?

All volunteers are required to wear face masks and gloves. Disposable masks will be provided if needed. Please also wear closed-toe shoes (absolutely no sandals or flip flops), clothes that you don’t mind getting really dirty (pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended), and bring an extra layer and rain gear–just in case.

Do we still work if it rains?

Yes! We work when it rains. Our growers will call it if weather conditions are dangerous or not conducive for field work.

What if I can no longer make my shift?

That’s okay! Just let us know over at as soon as possible so we can open up the slot for someone else.

Other Questions?

Reach out at or (773) 376-8882.