Volunteer

For Groups:

Youth Farm relies on volunteer groups for assistance in maintaining our urban farms. Groups may be tasked with digging beds, moving compost, planting, weeding, harvesting, cleaning the greenhouse, removing brush, and other miscellaneous tasks.

We welcome groups of 5-25 throughout our growing season (April-October). Typically, work groups join us on farm sites or in the greenhouse for 2-4 hours on a weekday between the hours of 8am and 7pm. Once a work day is scheduled, please keep in mind that weather and/or the progress youth participants have made can determine how much and/or what type of work will need to be done.

We think of volunteers as part of our family. If you spend time working with us, you become part of Youth Farm. We will do our best to teach you about the neighborhood you are working in, the plants you are interacting with, and the impact your work will make during your time with us. Please be prepared to work, ask questions, and become part of the youth-led food movement happening in the Twin Cities.

To learn more about group volunteer opportunities please email Erin Finneman at erin@youthfarmmn.org.

For Individuals:

Youth Farm’s progressive leadership model has developed over our 25 year history. We work with an amazing group of youth, many of whom have been part of our programs since they were nine years old, and now they are in a position to take on leadership roles, support and facilitate programming, and maintain our farms with other youth. Because of the success of this model, we’ve found that our need for individual volunteers has diminished. That said, Youth Farm is all about community, so there are still plenty of ways to be involved and support this important work!

  • Join a Committee: We need volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and skills to serve on our Development and Communications Committee and our Finance Committee. Contact us at info@youthfarmmn.org if you are interested in learning more.
  • Join our Email ListStay up-to-date on the latest Youth Farm news by joining our email list. We announce Youth Farm events and highlight current programming in our monthly e-newsletters.
  • DonateA donation of any size helps Youth Farm provide free, year-round programming and community events to over 1,500 youth, create meaningful employment for over a dozen teen leaders, and provide healthy food to hundreds of families each year.