Come Work With Us

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

We regularly host individuals, community groups, schools, and businesses at our five-acre farm & 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.

All 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!

All Farm Volunteering Details

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.

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Get Involved

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Individual Volunteers

Our farm welcomes volunteers every Thursday from 9am – Noon and from 1pm – 4pm. Our nursery welcomes volunteers Monday- Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

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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