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City Slicker Farms
1625 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94607


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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with City Slicker Farms! Volunteers make our programs possible, and we are very grateful to have the support of hundreds of volunteers each year. We have a wide range of opportunities for people of all skill levels:

• Volunteer Drop-In Hours at our Community Market Farms
Individual volunteers are welcome to drop in and volunteer at our Community Market Farms during open hours listed below. You'll get a taste of day-to-day work on the farm: weeding, turning compost, planting seedlings, and pest management--just to name a few possibilities. Learn more about the Community Market Farm program here.

Fitzgerald and Union Plaza Parks
Corner of 34th and Peralta Streets
Thursdays & Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm

Ralph Bunche Nursery
1240 18th Street
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 1:30 pm – 5 pm

The Secret Garden
5105 Genoa Street
Fridays, 10 am – 5 pm


Seasonal Schedule Changes

Office and Program Closings: The City Slicker Farms office and all programs will be closed from Thursday, November 26 to Monday, November 30 (the office will reopen Tuesday, December 1), and from Sunday, December 20 to Monday, January 4 (the office will reopen Tuesday, January 5).

Community Market Farms Seasonal Closure: The Community Market Farms at Union Plaza Park and Secret Garden will be closed to visitors and volunteers starting on November 26 and will reopen in February 2016. 

Ralph Bunche Nursery Modified Winter Hours: The nursery will be open for plant sales on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:30-5:00 p.m. during the winter, except for closures on the following dates: November 28, December 23, December 26, December 30, and January 2. We are unable to accommodate drop-in volunteers during the winter. More information about the Ralph Bunche Nursery is available at

• Backyard Garden Builds
Sign up to attend a garden build with our Backyard Garden Program on our Eventbrite.

If you would like to receive email updates about Backyard Garden builds, please sign up using the form below. Learn more about the Backyard Garden program here.


Sign Up for Our Weekly Garden Build Volunteer Alert

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• Allyship
If you're interested in a longer term commitment, check out our Allyship program. Allies commit a minimum of 8 hours per week for 3-4 months, supporting one of our programs through both field work and administrative work. Learn more about our Allyship program here.

• Mentoring
We provide each Backyard Garden participant with four follow-up visits per year which include technical assistance, seedlings, and garden supplies.  Garden Mentors are matched with one or more families to provide guidance to participants so they can successfully grow and prepare their own organic produce.  Garden Mentors commit to mentoring at least one Backyard Gardener for at least two years and to attending quarterly gardener gatherings where mentors and gardeners discuss successes and challenges, and learn about a new gardening topic! Email if you're interested in becoming a Garden Mentor.

• FAQs
If you have questions about volunteering with us, check out our FAQs or contact us: or (510) 763-4241.