Individual and Group Volunteering

When can I volunteer?

Individual and Group Volunteering Sessions are offered every Sunday of the Spring 2017 semester from 10 am to noon. Individuals are also welcome at these sessions. Check our calendar for available dates.

How do I (or groups of 4 or less) sign up?

At this time, individual volunteers and groups of 4 or less do not need to sign up. Simply show up at the farm during any session! Please arrive at or before 10am; it throws a wrench in things if people show up late after projects have been started.

How do groups of 5 or more sign up?

Student orgs and other groups of 5 or more can register to volunteer by emailing microfarm@utenvironment.org. Sessions can fill up and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Get scheduled today!

What will we be doing?

A lot goes into maintaining a farm, even a microfarm. Volunteers can expect to help with a range of tasks, including planting, harvesting, composting, weeding, mulching, beautification, and more. Volunteer work at the farm helps support our mission of being an educational community resource. Sessions are about 75% volunteer work and 25% education and discussion. In addition to farm work, we’ll spend some time showing you and your group around the farm and discussing issues relating to the quality, justice, and biology of food.

What do we need to bring?

  • A filled, reusable water bottle
  • Closed-toed shoes (socks that cover ankles recommended, stops mosquito bites)
  • An empty bladder (no bathroom on site)
  • An open mind!

We provide tools, gloves, sunscreen, mosquito spray and directions (and sometimes snacks too).

How do we get there? Where can we park?

The farm is located at 2204 Leona Street (zip: 78722). Street parking is very limited, but there is a Longhorn Lot next to our site you can park in with any UT permit. Carpooling is a good idea. The East Campus (EC) shuttle will drops off at Comal and Manor, a block away from us (schedule here). The 18 will also stop near the farm (and it runs on Sunday mornings).

What about weather and cancellations?

Check our Facebook page if the weather looks questionable. We post all scheduling changes/updates there. If you need to cancel a group reservation, please email microfarm@utenvironment.org no less than a week in advance.