Volunteer
Help us grow our educational farms

Thank you for choosing Fresh Roots! Our organization was started by a dedicated group of volunteers, and everything we do, any impact we have, is thanks to the work of people who choose to volunteer and work towards Good Food For All with us! Keep reading to see all the ways you can get involved.

Volunteer for a Season

Fall 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: September 20-Nov 1 2019
Desired Commitment: 1-2 days a week, 9:00-3:00. Programs are Monday-Friday, with an occasional weekend opportunity. Exact hours will depend on program scheduling.
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.

“A Year on the Farm” Facilitator

Help our youngest visitors make deep connections to their food, the land, and their community as you work with one of our Year on the Farm classes. This is a perfect position for community elders who want to share their gardening knowledge!

Locations: David Thompson and Van Tech Secondary Schools, with occasional visit to local elementary schools (South and East Vancouver)
Dates: September 2019-June 2020
Desired Commitment: 1-3 hours each month, plus one 3 hour training in September. Programs are all scheduled during school hours.
Desired Knowledge and Skills: Ability to work with diverse groups of students from K-3 and help them to accomplish tasks during field trips and help students connect to the farms during teacher-led farm tours.
Other requirements: Must be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions. Must pass a criminal record check.
Description: This year 8-10 classes from grades K-3 will participate in our A Year on the Farm program next year. These classes visit the farm each month, either on a Fresh Roots-led field trip or a classroom teacher-led farm tour, and we come to them for two classroom programs. The “A Year on the Farm” Facilitator will be paired with one or two classes from the same school to share their knowledge and help connect the students to the farm during each of their monthly programs.
You’ll receive: The chance to build a close relationship with a group of youth, occasional bonus veggies, and lots of joy! Volunteers will also receive a Fresh Roots shirt after 6 months of volunteering.

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

Volunteer for a Day

Great Big Helps

Looking to lend a hand? Come to one of our monthly Great Big Help volunteer days on our Vancouver farms! Big Helps are a super fun way to learn a bit more about urban farming, spend some time giving back, and connect with the Fresh Roots community.

When are the Big Helps?

Big Helps will happen at least once a month! Here’s the dates for 2019. We may add more dates later in the season!

  • Saturday, April 13th at Van Tech
  • Saturday, May 25th at David Thompson
  • Sunday, June 23rd at Van Tech
  • Sunday, July 21 at David Thompson
  • Saturday, August 24th at Van Tech
  • Saturday, September 14th at David Thompson
  • Sunday, October 27th at Van Tech

Who can help?

Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Please do bring your friends and family. The more the merrier! (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 each month, but you can expect to work hard and get dirty. We’ll supply all the necessary tools, gloves, and a light lunch featuring farm produce!

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. We’d love to make lunch a zero-waste meal, so we encourage you to bring utensils and a bowl!

Sign Up for Big Helps

Group Volunteering

If you are a company, school, or other group looking for a way to give back and do good, we can organize a special volunteering event through our Team Building program. Click here to learn more!

Questions? Ideas? Veggie Jokes?

We value the importance of volunteer involvement. 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 learning and growing with you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at volunteer@freshroots.ca.