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Enjoy working outdoors? Want to share your passion for gardening with others? Oregon Food Bank's Learning Gardens program offers volunteer opportunities that address the root causes of hunger. Read the descriptions below to find the one that fits you best and follow the instructions to register.
Dig In! provides volunteers of all income levels with hands-on experience growing a portion of their own food as they build awareness of hunger issues and cultivate a more connected, resilient community.
To volunteer, simply go to the Sign Up! link at the right hand side of this page and look for Dig In! shifts on the application. More info is below about garden locations and shift schedules.
Eastside Learning Garden - 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland
The Eastside Learning Garden at OFB's northeast Portland facility is ¾ acres encompassing vegetable beds, fruit trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes, a greenhouse for growing plant starts, and a compost demonstration area. Beginning and experienced volunteers work together to grow nutritious produce, enjoy physical activity, increase gardening skills and support Oregon Food Bank.
Seasonal weekly Dig In! shifts are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00, April-November.
Community Farm shifts at the Eastside Learning Garden
The Community Farm is a partnership with Grow Portland where members learn to grow food under the instruction of an experienced farmer-educator and can take home a share of the harvest. Membership is free and open to all. Click here for more information
Seasonal Community Farm shifts are Thursdays 4:00-7:00 pm, mid-April – October.
Westside Learning Garden - 1600 N.W. 173rd Ave., Beaverton
The Westside Learning Garden is located down the street from the OFB West facility. Located on the grounds of Five Oaks Middle School, the Learning Garden is a collaborative effort between OFB volunteers and students of Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School. During the summer months, volunteers fight hunger by working together to grow nutritious food for distribution to hunger-relief agencies.
Seasonal weekly shifts are Wednesdays 9:00-12:00 and Saturdays 9:00-11:00, June-September.
Seed to Supper
Seed to Supper
is a comprehensive, six-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. This program is offered in both English and Spanish.
Seed to Supper Garden Educator volunteers teach classes at community host sites such as emergency food pantries, public libraries, affordable housing units, schools, churches, and prisons. Classes are taught indoors with hands-on outdoor activities if garden space is available. Volunteer Garden Educators may also reinforce lessons in onsite host agency gardens, if they are available.
Volunteer Garden Educators should have a working knowledge of basic vegetable gardening principles and should be able to answer participants’ questions. The Seed to Supper curriculum was written in collaboration with Oregon State University Extension Service, and Metro-area Master Gardeners may apply Seed to Supper volunteer time toward their primary service hours.
For more information about becoming a Seed to Supper Volunteer Garden Educator, please read our Volunteer Information Packet
After reading through the packet, here are the steps to become a Seed to Supper volunteer:
- Complete our online application form. Once your application is processed you will receive an e-mail with information about next steps.
- Attend a new volunteer orientation and a volunteer training. Our volunteer trainings are offered annually in January.
Questions about Seed to Supper?
Contact Christine Hadekel, Garden Education and Training Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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