Thank You for Signing up to Volunteer at the El Sobrante Orchard!

Please review the following instructions carefully and if you have more questions, feel free to email our farm manager at andrew@plantingjustice.org

Please arrive on time or early for your shift to get the full benefit of a group orientation. 

WHAT TO BRING, ETC

  • Please print and sign this attached Liability and Media Release Form if it is your first time volunteering with Planting Justice

  • Gardening/farming gloves

  • Packed lunch (or even some snacks to share if you're feeling extra generous!)

  • Sun protection gear (hat, sunscreen-- recommended). We will have some shade but you may need further protection.

  • Bandana or dust mask

  • Water bottle

  • Closed toed shoes: there is poison oak on the property; while it is limited to certain areas (and we're working to remove it entirely) it is best to be covered for protection and know how to identify it.

What We will Provide

  • Instruction and tools needed for days tasks on the orchard

  • Drinking water

  • Bathrooms

  • Shade area for breaks

  • Friendly people to work with

Getting to OUr
5-Acre Food Forest

Public Transportation

Public transportation takes a little over an hour from Downtown Oakland.  You can get here by a combination of BART and bus.

FROM RICHMOND BART

Check AC transit schedules for timing.  Take the AC Transit bus #70. Exit at the stop at the intersection of Appian Way and Allview Ave. From there it is only a 10 minute walk:

Walk southwest (slightly uphill) on Allview Ave
Turn left onto Juanita Dr
Turn right onto Manor Rd
Turn left onto Hilltop Dr
Turn right onto Marin Rd

Continue past the dead end of Marin Rd, walking to the right of the guardrail. Follow the sign to the left to arrive at the farm gate.  Continue into the farm, close the gate behind you, then walk up the hill towards the hoop houses - typically that is where we wlll be.

 

DRIVING

From Highway 80

Take the "Hilltop Mall-Auto Plaza" exit # 19B
Turn EAST onto Hilltop Dr (signs for El Sobrante).  Continue just over 1 mile on Hilltop until it dead ends at Manor Rd.

Turn left, and please park on Manor Road in front of the school - there should be ample room.  

You can use the following address to navigate to this street parking, but please note we do not have our own address at the farm.

1000 Manor Rd.
El Sobrante, CA 94803

Once parked, walk back up Hilltop Rd 300 ft to turn right on Marin Rd.  Continue past the dead end of Marin Rd, walking to the right of the guardrail. Follow the sign to the left to arrive at the farm gate.  Continue into the farm, close the gate behind you, then walk up the hill towards the hoop houses - typically that is where we wlll be.

 

CARPOOL

We very much encourage volunteers to carpool to the farm, but it is not something we can facilitate ourselves at this time.