Volunteer Opportunities

Work Parties Spring 2018:  Wednesdays from 3-5pm. No gardening experience necessary!

The Campus Community Garden is always looking for more volunteers! Volunteering is a great way to start learning how to grow food, meet other friendly folks involved with the garden, and begin to take on initiatives of your own if you so choose.

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We have volunteer opportunities every week at our work parties, where anyone (not just UVic students) can join us to work in the communal garden plots and help maintain the garden. This could look like working in the giving gardens where we grow food for students and the food bank, weeding, harvesting vegetables, pruning fruit bushes, building projects, maintaining the permaculture site or flower garden, or working with compost. We welcome you to join us at a work party anytime! No previous gardening experience is necessary.

 

Long Term Volunteers: 

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We are looking for volunteers for the spring and summer gardening season! Volunteers are an essential part of the garden community and we are looking forward to getting more student involvement.

If you are interested in becoming involve through any of these roles, send us a message at ccgassist@uvic.ca

Volunteer Role Descriptions

Outreach Volunteers

Outreach Volunteers assist with events and initiatives that promote the presence of the Campus Community Garden on campus and around the community. This includes tabling at events such as club days and at pop-up markets where we distribute food from the garden and information about getting involved. Other duties include assisting in developing outreach materials and helping plan outreach activities throughout the year.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to assist with pop-markets that take place at the Petch Fountain in front of the Mcpherson library on a regular basis. This includes a 1-3 hour commitment involving setting up tables/outreach materials, harvesting produce from the garden, setting up a salad bar, and tea station. It includes interacting with students and answering questions about the community garden. Duties also include take down and clean up. Pop-up markets are scheduled from 11am- 2pm every two weeks. All training will be provided. Commitment can range from 1-3 hours bi-weekly.

Workshop & Events Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to assist with any of our annual events including the Spring Social (in March), Harvest Party (in September) and Farm Crawl (in April). Assisting with social gatherings include any or all of the following: helping to plan the event, finding performers, organizing food for the potluck, creating and distributing promotional materials, and helping with set up and take on the day of the event.

Assisting with the Farm Crawl includes being part of planning the theme, contacting farmers, organizing transportation and food, developing and distributing promotional materials, budgeting, and managing registrations. Experience with organizing an asset but not necessary. Training and support is provided by garden staff and Board members. Commitment can range from 2- 6 hours throughout the semester.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to help with the Spring Social and Farm Crawl.

Gardening Volunteers

We are looking for experienced volunteers to help in the garden during the busy spring season from March- May. Duties include seeding and taking care of seedlings, helping manage greenhouse activities including watering, helping with crop planning, preparing beds, sowing and transplanting, managing perennial plants. We are looking for gardeners who have enough experience to work independently outside of work party times with the collaboration of staff and board members. Training and support will be provided. Commitment can range from 1-3 hours a week.

Social Media Volunteers

We are looking for Administrative volunteers to assist with ongoing social media updates for the garden. This includes helping to manage the garden facebook page, instagram account, and regularly updating the website, archiving photos, and other office tasks and need. Training in using these platforms and support will be provided by garden staff.

Board Member Volunteer

Board of Directors are volunteers who help to manage and run the garden and make important decisions. The garden is funded by student fees and is intended to be organized and run by students. This is an opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership and organizational management skills, no experience is necessary. Commitment includes monthly meetings, specific management roles, participating in sub-committees and other related responsibilities.

Summer Volunteers

We are always in need of garden volunteers in the summer during the growing season. Duties include assisting with watering and other gardening activities as needed. Commitment can range from 1-4 hours a week.

Garden Photographers and Graphic Designers (Honorarium provided)

We are looking for regular volunteer photographers who can come to some of our events, workshops, and work parties to take photos for our archives. We are also looking for student graphic designers interested in helping produce promotional materials for the garden as well as graphics for our website and social media pages. We are able to offer an honorarium for these two jobs.

Benefits for being involved as a volunteer with the Campus Community Garden include:

  • Gaining valuable skills in outreach and public relations
  • Experience with organic and permaculture based gardening practices, including design, greenhouse management, and composting
  • Experience with events organization and community engagement
  • Gain skills in social media, website management, organization, and planning
  • Gain skills in leadership, organizational management, long term planning, decision making and more!