Volunteer
Help us grow our educational farms

Thank you for choosing Fresh Roots! Our organization was started by a dedicated group of volunteers, and we really value your contributions in helping us work towards Good Food For All! Keep reading to see all the ways you can get involved.

 

Spring Field Trip Facilitator

Do you love working with kids and want to help them grow on the farms? Whether you’re looking to gain experience or put your years of wisdom to good use, our Experiential Learning Team would love to have you!

Locations: David Thompson and Van Tech Secondary Schools (South and East Vancouver)
Dates: April through June
Desired Commitment: At least 1 3-hour shift each week. Shifts are generally 9:00-12:00 or 12:00-3:00, Tuesdays through Fridays, and may be at either school.
Desired Knowledge and Skills: Ability to work with diverse groups of students from K-12 and help them to accomplish tasks. Basic garden/farm knowledge is helpful, but training will be provided.
Other requirements: Must be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions. Must pass a criminal record check.
Description: Field Trip Facilitators will work with the Experiential Learning Manager to lead our Field Trip Programs. They will work with small groups of (mostly) elementary students to make salads from farm produce and do some basic farm work during our field trips. If you’d like, there’s also the opportunity to learn and lead curriculum-linked educational activities as well.
You’ll receive training and experience in working with groups of kids in an outdoor setting, occasional bonus veggies, and lots of joy! Volunteers will also receive a Fresh Roots shirt after 30 hours of volunteering.

To apply, please send an email with your relevant experience to education@freshroots.ca.

Volunteer on Fresh Roots Farms

It’s time to get back outside! If you are looking for opportunities to connect with nature and work on meaningful projects, we’d like to welcome you to volunteer on Fresh Roots schoolyard farms. We believe that being close to the soil, working with plants and having safe ways to connect with each other and our community can have a tremendously positive impact on us as individuals. Not to mention your help has a big impact on our farm sites!

Interested? We’re asking that all potential volunteers join us for a VIRTUAL ONLINE ORIENTATION this year, so we can share a little bit more about our volunteer opportunities, information about signing up, orient you to our COVID-19 safety policies, and answer any questions.

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Who can help?

Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome! (If you’re under 14, you’ll need to bring a responsible adult with you.)

What will I do?

We’ll work on different projects around the farm, but you can expect to work hard and get dirty. We’ll supply all the necessary tools, gloves, etc.

What should I bring?

Dress for working outside in the weather (rain gear, sunscreen, hats, layers, etc.). If you have a favorite pair of garden gloves or hand tools, you’re welcome to bring them or use ours. You’ll also want to bring a water bottle and a snack. Please remember to bring your mask!

Team Builds

Our schoolyard farms are bustling with activity and we’d love to welcome your organization for a Team Building opportunity. We’re looking for teams to join us in a range of activities. From cooking healthy meals and making value-added goods, to turning compost, transplanting seedlings, beautifying the space, or building new infrastructure, there is always good work to be done.

If you are a company or group interested in a fun, meaningful way to connect with your team safely OUTSIDE please get in touch! Click here to learn more!

Questions?

We really value your contributions! Everyone comes with a unique story and experience to share, and we are grateful you are choosing to share your time, enthusiasm, and energy with us. We look forward to meeting you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at volunteer@freshroots.ca.