Volunteer with Sierra Harvest Today!

Meet new friends, develop new skills and gain a sense of accomplishment by volunteering. Bring fresh, healthy food and nutrition education to Nevada County families while having fun too.

  • 2018 Volunteer Sierra Garden Crew of the Year

347 volunteers donated more than 3,870 volunteer hours this past year building capacity for our local food movement. Earn Discounts at the BriarPatch Food Co-op | Free admission to Soup Night, Food & Farm Conference, and more!

Featured Volunteer Opportunities – May 2019

Gleaning Harvest Leader – June – October

Harvest Leaders are volunteers who love harvesting fruit who commit to leading a crew of volunteers up to twice a month June-Oct picking fruit that would otherwise go to waste from farms and home orchards and bringing it to Interfaith Food Ministry to be distributed to those in need. 

Full volunteer job description here.

Location:  Varies from glean to glean – all in Nevada County.

Time/Date: Commitment to 1-2 gleans/month from June – November with gleans being 2-4 hours each.

Training:  June 7th (12:15-1:15) and June 11th (3-5pm).  The June 7th training  will be a training on procedures at Interfaith Food Ministry where all tools are stored and gleaned produce is delivered.  The June 11th training is a training for the new gleaning website.

Application Deadline: May 28th with interviews the following week.  Application forms are online at:  https://sierraharvest.org/connect/share-your-harvest/

Staff contact: Miriam Limov at miriam@sierraharvest.org

Farm Potluck Welcome Volunteer – June – Sept.

Farm Potluck Welcome Volunteer helps facilitate Farm Potluck logistics, welcomes and orients guests, is the liaison with the host farmer and answers basic questions from guests about Sierra Harvest including staying to clean at the end.  Full volunteer job description hereEmail Miriam to apply for this position – seeking 1-2 volunteers to be the welcome volunteers together!  So find a friend or a partner to welcome the 75-100 guests at each Farm Potluck to have together on gorgeous farms all over the county.

Location:  Various farm sites in Nevada County (within 5 – 25 minutes of downtown Nevada City)

Time/Date: Arrive at 5pm and leave around 8:15pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the months, June 20 – Sept. 19, 2019.

Time Commitment: About 3.5 hrs per potluck, not including driving time

Staff contact: Miriam Limov at miriam@sierraharvest.org

Tabling Outreach – Year-round

Volunteer for a Sierra Harvest booth event and share your enthusiasm and passion with the public about our programs and how the public can get involved.  This activity could include a food tasting, kid’s food activities, helping people plant seeds and more depending on the event.  More info here.

Location:  Varies for every event.

Time/Date:  Varies for every event.

Time Commitment: Generally, the shift will be 2-4 hours per shift.   

Email Miriam to get trained today –  miriam@sierraharvest.org 

Food Love Farm Volunteer Day – Tuesdays April – June and Aug – Oct.

Come help at the Food Love Farm, our educational farm, where more than 2,000 students learn where their food comes from and get first-hand experience working on a farm.  Dig beds, plant, harvest, weed and learn about organic crop production alongside the fun Sierra Harvest staff. More info here.

Time Commitment: Tuesdays from 9am – noon from April – June and again August – October. No need to contact in advance of your participation – just show up.  However, if you are a group of 4 or more, then please do connect with Emily in advance so that she can be prepared with projects.

Time: You can help just 1, 2 or all 3 hours!

Staff Contact: Emily Koller for more info – emily@sierraharvest.org

Sierra Garden Mentor – Year-round

The Sierra Gardens program is looking for experienced and knowledgeable home gardeners who can be available to help throughout the growing season by assisting our gardening families with plant deliveries, planting, amending beds, irrigation repair, and all around support and advice. This support is in addition to what staff and volunteer build crews already provide. Schedule would be totally variable depending on what needs arise. Mentors can set their own schedule. Full volunteer position description here.  Contact Edy@sierraharvest.org to sign up and help families grow more food!

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