Citizen Gardener Volunteers

Are you a Citizen Gardener student looking for volunteer opportunities to fulfill your 10 hours of community service? If the answer is yes, then you do not need to attend an SFC volunteer orientation. Below is a list of hands-on, volunteering opportunities at nearby gardens and farms that you can attend to complete your volunteer requirements.

Week of June 8th, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Rain Garden Workdasy at Pease Elementary - Do you have construction experience? Are you an engineer, gardener, or rain garden expert, or do you have energy to spare for your community? Would you like to learn how to build rain gardens? If yes, help Pease Elementary School build a rain garden for its for Pease Adventures in Wildlife Sciences garden. Volunteers will be working on the rain garden every Saturday and Sunday through June. If you can spare one or more weekends to join us, please email PAWS folks at, and they will sign you up and send more information. Also, please describe areas of the Rain Garden project in which you are particularly interested to help coordinators organize work groups.
  • Urban Roots - Volunteer with Urban Roots every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am-12pm at their East Austin farm and work with youth to grow organic, healthy food. Through January, the farm needs helps harvesting turnips, beets, and radishes and prepping beds for spring planting. No RSVP is necessary for groups of 5 or less. More details here »
  • Whole Life Learning Center - The home base for Austin Permaculture Guild’s courses, the Whole Life Learning Center is a private progressive school for children aged 5-13. The site currently has a pond, perennial food forest area, annual garden, 10,000 gallons of water catchment, chickens, a goat, and a donkey. Each Friday, permaculturalists lead a group of gardeners through various tasks on site including but not limited to creating new garden beds, plantings seeds and starts, laying drip irrigation, and improving animal systems. This is a great way to learn by osmosis! To RSVP for any of these days please visit this MeetUp event page.

  • School Garden Volunteers at Becker Green Classroom - The Green Classroom needs volunteers to teach a weekly garden class at Becker Elementary’s school garden. You can share your expertise or learn about gardening with the students while lending a hand alongside a veteran volunteer. Garden leaders work together to plan and lead a 30-45 minute weekly session with the same class of children throughout an entire school year. Contact Kathy McWhorter,

  • UT Micro Farm Workdays - UT Micro Farm is the University of Texas’ first student-run, on-campus farm and is dedicated to growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers for UT dining halls, a campus farm stand, and a neighborhood food shelter. Volunteers are invited to help with the farm on Tuesdays, from 4-7pm, and on Saturdays, from 9am-noon. For more information, visit the farm’s website.

  • UT Concho Community Garden Workdays - Come out to UT Concho Community Garden to help with their weekly workdays! They need as many hands as possible to maintain the garden and keep it thriving. Workdays take place Sundays from 9am-12pm and Thursdays from 4:30-6pm at UT Concho Community Garden, located at 2108 Concho St. 78722. For more information, contact UT Gardening Committee at or 817-773-5117.


  • Summer Permaculture Course - Austin Permaculture Guild's summer intensive Permaculture Design Couse is open for registration. Connect deeply with nature and learn all about her intricacies in this course designed to expand your working knowledge of sustainability. You will be camping on the 2-acre property, at the Whole Life Learning Center, with a group of like-minded & inspired individuals, sharing in community, education, and wholesome food. In this enriching environment you will learn all of the skills necessary to holistically and creatively design a sustainable homestead, farm, or business that will be resilient and regenerative. To register and for more information check out the Guild's website.

  • Join Grow Local's Education Coordinator this Saturday at 9am for a discussion of the top 10 mistakes new food gardeners make and how to avoid them. Details here >>

Community Events

  • Join SFC’s The Happy Kitchen facilitator, Anne Winckler, and her husband, Jay, for a screening of the documentary Fed Up on Friday, June 12th from 6-8 PM at Sustainable Food Center. The movie will begin at 6 and will be followed by a brief discussion. Doors open at 5:30. The event is free and family-friendly, and light snacks will be provided. RSVP here >>