Please read and follow this information carefully, as it has been designed to set you up for success as a volunteer at the Urban Roots Farm.
You Must RSVP
As of September 1, 2017, walk-ins are no longer allowed at volunteer days. We now require everyone to register before arriving to volunteer on our farm. Individuals, please visit our registration platform to find a date that would best work for you and click the RSVP link to register.
Interested in bringing a group of 5-15 people? These are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis, so you must first contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability. Do not use the registration link, they are only for individuals coming in groups of 4 or less. If you’re interested in bringing a larger group to the farm, please see more about our Exclusive Group Experiences here.
The minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old. Children 10-13 years old must be accompanied by an adult (minimum 1 adult per 3 children), and minors ages 14 to 17 years old are allowed to volunteer without an accompanying adult with the proper form. All minors must bring a signed parental consent form on each visit to the farm. Click here to download the parental consent form for youth volunteers (form is in English and Spanish).
We Work Rain or Shine
If it looks like rain, the farm work must go on! We have a lot of fun on muddy and rainy days. We will only cancel in the event of extremely heavy rain or a thunder and lightning storm over the farm. In the event of a cancellation (very rare) we will post it on our social media pages (Facebook & Twitter) and email all registered volunteers no later than one hour before the scheduled volunteer day.
Please Arrive on time
It is critical that you arrive and are on the farm ready to go by 9:00am. Please arrive early enough to park and sign-in. If you know you will be more than 15 minutes late, we ask that you do not join us for the day. The shift starts with an orientation circle, followed by instructions on the day’s tasks that are important for your success. If you miss these and we are already in the fields when you arrive, please plan to come back and try on another day.
What to Wear & Bring
You will be working outside the entire time! You must wear closed-toe shoes to volunteer. Also wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and dress appropriately for the weather as there is very little shade out on the farm. Be mindful that certain plants may create an allergic reaction so bringing a long sleeved option may be beneficial for some. We recommend sunscreen and bug spray. Bring a refillable water bottle– the farm has drinking water available, but we do not provide cups. We provide work gloves that you can borrow but feel free to bring your own. For safety and sanitary reasons, we ask that you do not bring dogs to the farm.
How to Get There
The Urban Roots farm is located at 7651 Delwau Lane, in East Austin near the intersection of Bolm Road and 183. If Google Maps proves confusing, here are some driving directions. We also highly encourage volunteers to consider biking to the farm, as we are located along the Southern Walnut Creek Bike Trail.
Please observe all signage and park along the road as far onto the north shoulder of the road as possible. Walk down to the entrance of our farm by the Urban Roots sign and walk onto the farm via our driveway. Please do not park in front of our neighbors’ homes or walk through their yards on your way to the farm. Thank you for helping us value and respect their privacy.
The Farm Is a Drug/Smoke Free Area
The use of tobacco products – including chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes, etc. – is not permitted on the Farm. Neither is alcohol, any illegal drugs, or controlled substances.
Help Us Build a Supportive Community
Urban Roots provides young people a place to grow as leaders, so often our youth are on site on the farm and the ones leading you in your volunteer day. You are an important part of their leadership experience, so please come with an open heart, a sense of humor, a willingness to follow all instructions from youth and staff, and a readiness to work hard. We are working to build a loving and supportive community environment, so while you are on the farm please use language and conduct that aligns with that goal.
Be Prepared to Meet New People
There is a high probability that if you come with a group or as a pair to volunteer, you’ll be split into different crews on the farm. We ask that you trust the process and get to know your new crew! Interested in having your group volunteer together, read more about our Exclusive Volunteer Days.
Thank you for working with us on each of these points. We want everyone to have a very positive and successful experience with us!
If you happen to take a picture on the farm be sure to tag us @urbanrootsatx on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Urban Roots! Each year we grow over 25,000 pounds of food, and we couldn’t do it without your help.