all volunteer opportunities on the farm are currently suspended due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Read more here
Updated on 3.23.20

If it fields good, do it.

There’s never a bad time to take action in your community. Roughly 1 in 4 households across Austin is experiencing food insecurity, and together we can plant the seeds for nourishment. As Urban Roots youth interns lead our volunteer days, this is the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves, give back on a sustainable farm, and experience a sense of community unlike any other. Scroll down for more information or sign up for our e-newsletter to receive the latest information on volunteer opportunities.
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When was the last time you got dirt under your fingernails? Or worked with an awesome young person?

The Urban Roots farm is the perfect place for your group to dig in together to make a difference in your community. Groups have two options:
1. Smaller groups up to 15 people can be plugged in to join a regularly scheduled public volunteer day. Group reservations are limited to one group per day and fill up quickly.
2. Groups larger than 15 and groups who would like an exclusive experience can schedule an Exclusive Group Experience for a donation (see more information below!). 

If you are a looking for either type of group volunteer opportunity please complete our request form using the button below. Please note group opportunities fill up quickly--  early inquiry is encouraged!


Exclusive Group Experiences

Bring your group together for an ultimate experience on the Urban Roots Farm! Our Exclusive Group Experiences provide facilitated team-building opportunities that include educational games, team-building activities, a hands-on agricultural work block, and the option to bring in lunch and enjoy it under the trees on the farm. Build rapport with your team of up to 35 individuals while serving the community for a few fun hours working outside.

Exclusive Group Experiences are available for a requested donation which underwrites the cost of staffing and supplies. Groups larger than 35 are considered on a case by case basis and will be charged an increased fee. Dates are subject to availability, with preferred days being Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

To inquire about or request an Exclusive Group Experience, select the 'Get Started' button.

How to prepare

Think safety, sun, and comfort! We work rain or shine, so please wear weather-appropriate clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring sunscreen and bug-spray if you’ll need it.

Volunteer days begin promptly at 9 am and run until 12 pm. 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.

what to expect

All of our volunteer days kick off with an orientation circle followed by guided instructions on the day’s farm tasks. No two volunteer shifts are alike; depending on the season, you may expect to harvest okra straight from the fields, transplant onions, or scuffle hoe around a bed of zucchini. It is likely that if you come with a group  to volunteer, you’ll be split into different crews on the farm. We ask that you trust the process and build community! Urban Roots youth lead most shifts, so you are an important part of their leadership experience. Please come with an open heart and willingness to follow all instructions from youth and staff. Come prepared to work hard and have fun!

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