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. There are a few ways to volunteer, which are listed below. If you are volunteering with us for community service and need verification of your hours, please allow us at least two weeks to confirm your hours.
Stay posted on volunteer opportunities through our newsletter.
The newsletter is a great way to stay posted on upcoming volunteer opportunities, including larger community workdays. Sign up on the left side of the page, under "Get to Know Us."
Drop-in volunteer hours
During drop-in hours, we welcome volunteers of all different skill levels, and there is no need to RSVP or bring any tools--just wear clothes you're comfortable getting dirty and bring a water bottle. From February to November, our sites are open to drop-in volunteers at the following times.
West Oakland Farm Park
2847 Peralta St. Oakland, CA 94608
Thursdays 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM
Please be aware of street sweeping hours when you visit the Farm Park.
Ralph Bunche Nursery
1240 18th St.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 1:30 PM - 5PM
If your group is larger than three people, please contact us at email@example.com in advance to schedule a visit as we have limited space at the nursery and can't accommodate large groups.
Seasonal Schedule Changes
From Thanksgiving to February, our sites are closed for drop-in volunteer hours.
For longer term volunteering:
If you're looking for a longer term volunteering opportunity and are interested in gaining hands-on urban farming experience, 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.
Garden Mentors are matched with one or more families to provide guidance to Garden Program participants so they can successfully grow and prepare their own healthy, fresh produce. We ask that Garden Mentors commit to mentoring at least one Backyard Gardener for at least two years and to attending gardener gatherings where mentors and gardeners discuss successes and challenges, and learn about a new gardening topic! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in becoming a Garden Mentor.
Sign up to attend a garden build with our 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.