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!
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.
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.
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.
Yes! We work when it rains. Our growers will call it if weather conditions are dangerous or not conducive for field work.
That’s okay! Just let us know over at email@example.com as soon as possible so we can open up the slot for someone else.
We occasionally offer group volunteer days for businesses or organizations who are interested in supporting our work. If your group is interested in volunteering with Urban Growers Collective, please send us an email!
*Due to Covid-19, we are limiting the number of volunteers on site at one time.
*No labor day shift September 6th
These are hands-on “experiential” learning opportunities for individuals who have taken workshops or an orientation related to the content area and are seeking a more skill-based volunteer experience.Through consistent, hands-on experience, you will deepen your knowledge in a specific content area. We ask that you commit to the full series.
If you have not taken a related UGC workshop or orientation but are interested in a volunteer apprenticeship, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a time to onboard.
Learn alongside experienced beekeeper, Beatrice Kamau! After a brief review of bee biology and behavior, you’ll spend the bulk of your time in the hive inspecting bee brood, honey flow, bee “work,” and hive pests and diseases. You’ll help prepare the hives for summer honey production and maintain the pollinator garden on site. Participants should wear light colored pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks, and closed-toed shoes. While protective gear will be provided while working on the hives, we encourage apprentices to invest in their own protective gear.
All hive checks will take place at our Altgeld Garden Pollinator Farm & Apiary, located at 1130 E 132nd Street, Chicago, IL 60827. Workdays will be cancelled or rescheduled in case of rain.
June 26th 2 PM-3PM: Hive Check
July 10th 2 PM-3 PM: Hive Check
July 24th – backup for inclement weather
August 7th 2 PM-3PM – Hive Check
August 21st – backup for inclement weather
September 4th 2 PM-3PM – Hive Check
September 18th – backup for inclement weather
TBD – Honey Processing