Become a Volunteer

Weekly Drop-In Opportunities

Ready to get your hands dirty? Sign up for a drop-in volunteer shift! 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.
April 2021
May 2021
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Weekly Recurring Opportunities

If you would like to consistently support our work, sign up for a recurring volunteer shift! This is a month-long commitment that allows you to volunteer at the same farm at the same time each Saturday. It is expected that you work all shifts for the month.

MAY 2021

Location: South Chicago Farm | 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

Saturday, May 1st, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 8th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 15th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 22nd, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 29th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Group Opportunities

Due to Covid-19, we will have a limited number of group volunteer opportunities during the 2021 season. If you are interested in learning more, please fill out the form below, and we will be in touch!


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.


Reach out at or (773) 376-8882.