Come Volunteer With Us

 We would love you to bring your energy into our work!

We regularly host individuals, community groups, schools, and businesses at our four-acre mother farm in El Sobrante, at the Good Table in El Sobrante, & our East Oakland nursery for volunteer work days.

Because most of our on-site volunteer work involves working with plants, the tasks vary a great deal from season to season. Join us on a regular basis throughout the year to gain exposure to a wide variety of different activities, tools, and techniques to round out your farm, nursery & garden education.

When you volunteer please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and long plants. Also, please refrain from bringing soda on the premises, as Planting Justice is a soda-free zone. Water and other beverages are welcome.

For final details, including the Liability and Media Release form, how to get there, and what to bring, click on the tabs below.

Nursery Volunteering Details

Please review the following instructions carefully and if you have more questions. Feel free to email Planting Justice Educator and Nursery Staff, Diane Williams at yukonriverwoman@att.net.

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

  • 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.

What We will Provide
  • Brief orientation to site (latecomers will likely miss this)

  • Instruction and tools needed for days’ tasks on the nursery

  • Shade area for breaks

  • Drinking water

  • Restrooms

  • Friendly people to work with

Getting to Our
2-acre production Nursery

The nursery is located on the border of Oakland and San Leandro: 319 105th Ave., Oakland, CA

Public Transportation

FROM COLISEUM BART STATION
Walk 1 minute to San Leandro St Coliseum bus stop
Catch the 45; ride 9 stops to Acalanes:Capistrano
Walk 10 more min (.5 mi) down 105th to the Nursery

Driving

To get there, use the 98th Ave exit from the 880.
at the exit, turn East onto 98th.
Right on Edes Ave
Right on 105th Ave
Proceed to very nearly the end of 105th Ave.

Please park on street, and beware of street sweeping dates.

Carpools

We highly encourage volunteers to carpool with one another, or to organize in groups to minimize time driving, reduce GHG, and all of that.  Unfortunately at this time we don’t have a means of organizing this for volunteers.

If you have suggestions on this, please let us know!

Mother Farm Volunteering Details

We are currently accepting volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Session 1 from10am – 12pm and/or Session 2 from1pm – 3pm. We also accept volunteers on the Second Saturday of the month from 10 am – 1pm on the Planting Justice Mother Farm in El Sobrante.

The last Saturday of the month there is also a volunteer day at the Good Table – No RSVP necessary. Just show up at 5166 Sobrante Avenue @12noon

Please fill out the volunteer form below to volunteer on the farm and we’ll set-up your on-going schedule or add you to the Saturday list.

Please arrive on time or early for your shift to get the full benefit of a group orientation.  Please help us to keep good relations with out neighbors by paying attention to where to park and do not knock on our neighbors doors, instead follow the detailed instructions on how to find us or email us at volunteer.farm@plantingjustice.org

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

  • 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.

What We will Provide
  • Brief orientation to site (latecomers will likely miss this)

  • Instruction and tools needed for days’ tasks on the nursery

  • Shade area for breaks

  • Drinking water

  • Restrooms

  • Friendly people to work with

Directions

Will be emailed out once your RSPV is confirmed. 

(Please email  volunteer.farm@plantingjustice.org  if you haven’t recieved a confirmation with one day.) 

Please help us care for our neighbors by parking near the school and not knocking on neighbors doors.  Please read directions carefully as where to park, how to walk, and how to find us are included.

 

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Get Involved

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Individual Volunteers

Our nursery welcomes volunteers Monday- Saturday, 10am – 4pm please RSPV below.

Our farm currently is taking volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 Sessions @10am and 1pm. Currently we also take volunteers on the Second Saturday of the month from 10 am – 1pm, please RSPV below.

The Good Table (5166 Sobrante Avenue) accepts volunteer on the last Saturday of the month @ noon. No RSPV required.

Once you see how great it is – we hope you’ll want to invite others out to work with you too.

Community-Based Groups

School groups, gardeners, farmers, summer camps, and local organizations are welcome to come volunteer or partner with us to create a day just for their group!

Planting Justice would love to host your self-organized group of 10-20 or more for a field trip, run a workshop, or plant a garden.

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Businesses

We’d be glad to host your company or income-earning organization at the Farm, to make kale smoothies at your workplace, or consult for/design your garden!

If your workplace has a corporate giving or matching program, please be in touch!

Other Offerings

For folks who have other resources to lend our team; from IT support or event space, to old/unused materials in your garage, please be in touch!

People have offered up: bamboo, videography skills, grant writing support, burlap sacks, legal counsel, kitchen appliances, and resistance art. Whoever, you are, whatever your resource, join our team!

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