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Volunteer with us 
Cultivar con nosotros

We have opportunities throughout the week for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Meet new folks, get outdoors, learn how to grow food, and a be a part of cultivating joy, healing, and learning in this space.  

Oportunidades de voluntariado durante toda la semana para todas las edades, habilidades y antecedentes. Conozca gente nueva, obtenga terapia de suelo, aprenda a cultivar alimentos y sea parte de cultivar la alegría, la curación y el aprendizaje en este espacio.

Click this button above to be taken to our volunteer sign-up page at Sign Up Genius.

(Groups, please see below for links.)

Group Volunteering

We invite community groups and organizations to get their hands in the soil and in our community with us!

Corporate Groups

Help build relationships within teams and get your hands in the the community.   We can tailor a volunteer event for your company's needs and goals. 

Specialized Volunteers

There is always a need for volunteers with specialized skills. Click here to find out more. 

General Volunteer Info

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver. Waivers available on-site or you can print it ahead of time here. 

  • Minors 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Everyone must wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Bring a refillable water bottle. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

  • We provide all tools. Recommend bringing your own work gloves if desired. 

  • Volunteer opportunities are seperate from group visits and farm tours. If you have a group that would like to have a tour or educational experience at the farm, please contact us at farm@plantspeoplecommunity.org .

  • General volunteer questions can be directed to volunteer@plantspeoplecommunity.org

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Individual Volunteer Opportunities
For individuals and small groups less than 5 folks.   

Tuesdays   3 pm - 5 pm 

Farming

Tuesdays are farm days where the focus is on food production. Come learn about farming and help to grow food for our communities! Volunteer tasks will vary but may include:  weeding, mulching, seeding, planting, bed prep, or other maintenace projects.  Tuesdays are physical days and often require bending, using hand tools, picking up objects, and walking on uneven terrain.  

Wednesdays   10 am - 12 pm 

Plant Nursery

We have a full working plant nursery where we grow plants for the farm, our plant sale, and our Plants for Justice project where we provide free seedlings for school gardens and food justice projects all over San Diego County. 

 

Volunteer tasks will vary but may include: planting seeds, mixing soil, up-potting plants, weeding, watering, or organizing/cleaning the nursery area. We are also in need of watering volunteers for the nursery during the week - if you're interested in this come on a Wednesday so that Tammy can fill you in and train you!

Sundays   11 am - 2 pm 

Farming with Community

Sundays are when we all get together to work on all aspects of the farm. This is a good opportunity to meet new folks and learn about growing food, composting, caring for plants, and so much more!

Volunteer tasks will vary but may include: planting, seeding, weeding, mulching, up-potting, working with the compost system, chicken care, painting signs, organizing, cleaning, data entry, seed collecting, seed sorting, and/or various maintenance projects or building projects. All skills and abilities are welcome.

 

Sundays are also commmunity compost drop-off days so bring your kitchen scraps with you! You can bring things like shredded paper, manure: bunny, chicken, goat or horse, coffee grounds, eggshells, and other compostable materials to be composted.

Click this button above to be taken to our volunteer sign-up page at Sign Up Genius.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome your organization, club, church, or any group to join us at the farm as a team. Get your hands in the soil and in your community. 

Service Visit,  Typically 2-3 hours    

Suggested program fee: *$100 for 9/10am-12pm.

A brief introduction to the farm. 2+ hours of service at Community Roots Farm. Activities including harvesting, planting, weeding, general field maintenance. Appropriate for ages 12+. 

Projects vary depending on time of year and current needs.  Projects and tasks may include thing like weeding, mulching, planting seeds, prepping beds, building projects and sorting seeds.  We are a working farm and so there are many different kinds of things to do. There are ways for everyone to get involved and invite people of all ages, skills, abilities, and backgrounds to join us. 

Please fill out this interest form so that we can reach out to you with more information and schedule your visit.

 

*As a non-profit, the suggested program fee is an important part of how we cover administrative, staffing, and material needs for your visit. Some groups elect to also fund a project that they will be working on during their visit. Depending on the size and needs of your group, we may be able to have your group visit during one of our regular volunteer events which would reduce the cost for staffing for us.  If funds are a barrier, please let us know so that we can try to accomodate! Those who pay the full suggested fee or more help to subsidize those groups that are unable to pay the entire amount.  Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Click this button above to be taken to our Interest Form. We will contact you with more information to schedule your visit after submission. 

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in corporate volunteering with our organization. Many businesses are now seeing the short- and long-term benefits of bringing employees outside the walls of the office, and into the volunteer space.  

Volunteer Event, Typically 2-3 hours but can be longer

The suggested tax-deductible donation for a corporate volunteer day is $250.
We waive fees for companies that support us year-round through grants. 

Whether this is your first company volunteer event, or you’re seasoned pros, BCDI provides a fun, easy and engaging experience.  We are working to improve our communities through our relationship with plants.  Community Roots Farm grows food ethically and sustainably for Oceanside neighborhoods and other communities in North County San Diego and provides a safe, green space for our community. Through food distributions, youth programming, and a commitment to the community where we are based, we seek to help nurture, heal, and improve the quality of life of those around us.

 

We have experience with groups from 1 to 100 people at our urban farm and projects vary depending on time of year and current needs.  Projects and tasks may include thing like weeding, mulching, planting seeds, prepping beds, building projects and sorting seeds.  We are a working farm and so there are many different kinds of things to do. There are ways for everyone to get involved and invite people of all ages, skills, abilities, and backgrounds to join us. 

 

  We can tailor the event to your company's needs and goals including:

  • Catered lunch on-site

  • Use the outdoor or indoor space for meetings or team-building exercises. 

  • Choose projects that align with your company's mission or vision. 

  • Choose projects that align with your team's specific skills. 

  • Work on a project that your company financially supports. 

Click this button above to be taken to our Interest Form. We will contact you with more information after we receive your submission. 

Specialized Volunteer Opportunities

There is always a need for volunteers with specialized skills. Have knowledge or skills you want to share? Let us know!

There is always so much going on at the farm and it takes all kinds for us to make this space beautiful, productive, safe, nurturing, functioning and....(the list goes on).

Volunteers have helped with administrative work, websites, social media, educational programming, Farm Share logistics, graphic design, machine/facility repair and so much more. 

Here are a few specific volunteers we are currently looking for:

Watering:

We need volunteers to help water the plant nursery throughout the week.  If interested, email Tammy@plantspeoplecommunity.org

Community Cook:

Do you love to cook and prepare food to share?  Does cooking with ingredients fresh from the farm excite you? We are looking for community cooks who would like to cook for staff, volunteers, and at community events.  Everyone works so hard out at the farm and folks need support to be nourished.  Food could be snacks, hearty soups, or other family style meals. This commitment is for Sundays. Times vary but is primarily 11 am - 3 pm. This person could come weekly, monthly, whatever works for you!  Fill out this form if you're interested!

Woodworking/handyperson Volunteer

We’re looking for an individual with woodworking and/or handyperson experience to assist with the following projects:

  • constructing tables for the plant nursery

  • building a shade structure for drying plants and processing seeds

  • Constructing a greenhouse kit

  • there is always different needs coming up!

Interested in helping? Fill out this quick form!

Irrigation:

​Are you knowledgable about irrigation systems?  We are always in need of irrigation support!  If you're intersted in helping, contact us at 

Graphic Design:

We always need support with graphic designs. From designing flyers, resizing logos, making banners, and so on.  If you are interested in helping out in this way, get in touch!

Eagle Scout Project:

We love Eagle Scout projects!  Get in touch so that we can start brainstorming ideas!

 

Have a skill not listed here that you'd like to share?  Let us know!  

Click this button above to be taken to our Interest Form. We will contact you shortly!

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