Can’t make it to the garden regularly? Volunteers are welcome to drop in whenever they are available without an ongoing commitment.
Want to organize a one time service project with a group? Contribute in a way that works for you. Contact your nearest garden to start the dialogue.
Whenever you can
Apprentice at a Garden
As a Garden Apprentice, you will work side by side with an experienced, educated farmer/gardener in a UFC garden. You will learn what it takes to grow fruits and vegetables in the Pacific NW from planning in the Spring to cover cropping in the Fall. This is a free, hands-on education and we hope that you walk away with the confidence you need to grow your own food and hopefully, share what you have learned with the next generation of gardeners. In addition, you will earn one barter buck for each hour that you work in the garden which can be exchanged for the organic produce that we grow as a collective.
We will always accept applications. If there is not a spot today, you will be placed on a waiting list.
1 growing season,
about 4-6 hrs/week
Manage a Garden
We are actively seeking garden managers that are passionate about localizing the food supply and confident in their ability to pass along what they know about dirt and plants to the next generation of gardeners.
Garden managers are the life-blood of the collective. Each manager is responsible for running garden, which includes designing the garden, planning projects, hosting weekly work parties, recording each volunteer’s hours, and bringing produce to the Barter Market. Each garden manager is also responsible for creating a curriculum for and mentoring an apprentice. While the garden manager is expected to be autonomous, UFC administrators work diligently to raise funds for operating costs of your garden and find interested people to volunteer during work parties.
- 1 year, Jan-Dec,
about 4-6 hrs/week
- Monthly garden manager meetings
- One garden workshop per year