We welcome volunteers to work communally in our garden. We do not have individual allotments.
New volunteers should review our Garden Map before visiting the garden. If you are new to gardening in general, we also ask you to review the following short videos. This will help us maintain physical distancing by reducing the amount of in-person training.
Weeding: Why weeding is important, the two kinds of weed root systems and how to remove them
5 Watering Mistakes to Avoid: Under watering, watering seedlings, using a garden hose
Choosing the Right Garden Tools: Tools for soil preparation, tools for weed control, using a wheelbarrow safely
Additional Recommended Viewing
- Local Weeds
- Introduction to Composting
- Choosing Seeds
- When to Water Plants
- Garden Tool Maintenance
- Starting seeds with Michel @PNG
- How to Grow a 3 Sisters Garden (recommended by Grace)
We welcome volunteers 16 yrs+ with or without previous gardening experience. Tools are provided. (If you are interested in volunteering at our garden with children, please email [email protected] first.)
We ask that new volunteers commit to a minimum of three volunteer shifts this season. Volunteers can choose work times on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Some tasks will require physical effort in varying weather conditions and may include:
- Preparing soil by adding amendments such as compost and manure
- Assisting in building simple garden structures such as trellises
- Planting and maintenance of plants
- Removing weeds and watering plants
- Cleaning and putting away garden tools
- Participating in training, which may include watching video tutorials
- Interacting with the garden’s many visitors
You would be a great fit as a volunteer if…
- You want to volunteer in an outdoor environment where the tasks can differ shift-to-shift
- You are curious about local produce, local flora, food sustainability, soil health (composting) and gardening in general.
- You are interested in networking with other volunteers and neighbours from our local community
- Ideally we are looking for volunteers who can continue volunteering in the summer and early fall, in addition to April-May
- The opportunity to learn about planting, crop rotation, organic gardening, garden maintenance
- Community service hours upon request (please note this when signing up)
- The opportunity to share your knowledge with others
- The opportunity to practise English or learn a new language (e.g. Korean, Mandarin, Farsi) from other volunteers in the garden.
How to Apply to be an In-Garden Volunteer
To apply, please complete our volunteer intake form. Once you complete the form, we will be able to add you to our volunteer contact list and notify you of upcoming work shifts. You only need to complete the form once.