How to become a community garden volunteer
Since 2010, thousands of community garden volunteers have helped to create the infrastructure necessary for the growing community garden movement and have served SCG in many ways: serving as part-time garden organizers and administrators, teaching cooking and gardening classes, constructing garden beds, and harvesting and delivering produce.
Anyone can learn and grow with Springfield Community Gardens!
- Volunteer with us by visiting our volunteer portal
- Contact us to rent a plot in one of our community gardens. Our Community Gardens Coordinator will work with you to find an available plot nearest you.
- See a full list of our community gardens here
All volunteers are required to sign a waiver prior to any volunteer service. Take the first step by completing the online waiver now.
Our 4-week Level I and 16-week Level II internship program provides an introduction to regenerative agriculture, with hours each week dedicated to both educational and hands-on experience by our farm team and industry professionals. SCG will begin accepting applications starting in January 2024 for cohorts starting between April and October of 2024.
SCG PRACTICUM-BASED INTERNSHIP
We also provide opportunities for students requiring practicum hours for academic credit. Please reach out to your academic advisor for practicum-based internship requirements.
In the apprenticeship model, our seasoned farmers are available at our community farms to demonstrate best practices, from planting and harvesting to equipment repair and insect control. Our market farming model uses the best practices of experts in small-scale agriculture including Jean-Martin Fortier and Erin Benzakein.
This is a full-time paid position, which includes:
Workshops and training (in-person and remote) with local professionals
Intensive mentorship from SCG farmers and farm assistants
Land acquisition opportunities
Benefits including health insurance and paid time off
The Delaware Neighborhood Community Garden is flourishing thanks to many volunteers and co-leaders Jean and Teresa. Jean has been with the garden since its planning stage in 2016, with Teresa joining as a co-leader not long after.
From the pergola built by an Eagle Scout to the hand-painted stepping stones, to the native perennial flowers chosen to attract pollinators, the work of many individuals can be seen in the garden.