We’ve started adding volunteer opportunities for 2018 below, and will be adding more very soon! Complete the volunteer application form to receive updates as volunteer opportunities are added.

 

Want to learn more? Read about what to expect when volunteering at BCCF here.
Want to get in touch? Contact us at volunteer@blackcreekfarm.ca or (416) 393-6381.

 

1. Become a regular volunteer: 

Make a commitment to a consistent volunteer shift. 

Regular volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of 4-8 weeks.

 

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Regular volunteer opportunities:

Kids programs (children’s garden, PA day camp, summer camp, field trips)

Farm School Assistant Volunteer – 4 or 8 Week Internship | We’re looking for recent Education graduates, or soon-to-be grads, to support our Farm School field trip programs. Get fully trained to lead our many hands-on, engaging agriculture and environmental education programs for K-8 kids, gain teaching experience and help tend the children’s learning gardens. For full details please click here (PDF). Email farmkids@blackcreekfarm.ca to apply for this position.

Farm Camp Assistant Volunteer | Spend your summer outside on our beautiful 8-acre urban farm. Help campers to get curious about nature, and support staff in running activities including nature crafts, gardening, cooking, survivalist activities. For full details please click here (PDF). Email farmkids@blackcreekfarm.ca to apply for this position.

 

Market Garden (planting, weeding, harvesting, farm market)

You must make a minimum 3 hour per week commitment for at least 8 weeks. Receive 3 items of fresh produce in exchange for your weekly commitment. For full details please click here (PDF). To apply for a  Market Garden position, complete the volunteer application form. You must attend a brief orientation session before you start.

? Harvest Volunteer | every Wednesday, 8am to noon OR 1pm to 5pm, July-Nov. | Help the market garden team harvest vegetables for our weekly “Harvest Share” program.

?Pick-Up Volunteerevery Thursday, 1pm to 5pm OR 5pm to 8pm July-Nov. | Each week, “Harvest Share” (a vegetable subscription program) members come to the farm to pick up their vegetables.  This position helps with the ‘set up’ and ‘take down’ of our farm stand, and assists members during pick up.

?Field Volunteerevery Saturday, 9am to noon OR 1pm to 4pm, June-Nov.Help the market garden team with a wide range of field tasks related to the growing and maintenance of our crops.

 

Farm Park (food forest and gardens)

A weekly commitment for a minimum of 4 weeks is required. Email marinap@blackcreekfarm.ca to apply for these positions. For full details please click here (PDF).

? Farm Park Volunteer | Tuesdays 9amto 4pm; Fridays 9am to 4pmHelp build a biodiverse landscape that includes food and pollinator plants, guided by permaculture principles and sustainable gardening techniques.  We will carry out a series of activities such as planting, composting, weeding and invasive species removal, creating and maintaining paths and garden beds.

? Gardens Watering and Maintenance Volunteer  |  Mondays 9amto 12pm. Help water and maintain our gardens. Main task will be watering gardens, and with extra time or after a good rain volunteers will be asked to execute tasks such as weeding, pruning, mulching etc.

 

Urban Harvest Black Creek

? Canvassers and Cargo Bike Harvest Volunteers | In partnership with City of Toronto, Urban Harvest Black Creek is an urban food initiative that aims to harvest and redistribute surplus produce found right in our own backyards. We are looking for friendly volunteers from the community to join us to canvass the Black Creek neighbourhood to encourage homeowners to participate in the program and to gauge the type of fruits and vegetables they produce.  When the harvest season starts, we will be using cargo bikes to pick up the surplus produce from community members. Email urbanharvest@blackcreekfarm.ca if you are interested in these positions.

Coming soon:

  • • Events (set-up, take-down, registration, tabling, food preparation),
  • • Admin (grant writing, event planning, outreach).
  • • Compost. 

 

2. Become an occasional volunteer:

Volunteer without making a weekly commitment. 

See the volunteer calendar for all available opportunities. 

 

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Drop-in opportunities, upcoming work bees and events:

?Market Garden “Drop-In” Volunteer | Saturdays starting promptly at 9am OR 1pm, June-Nov. | Help the farm team with a wide range of field tasks. Please show up promptly at the morning or afternoon start time for our team meeting, instructions and tasks delegation. Stay as long as you are able, there is no minimum hours you are required to stay. You must attend a brief orientation session before you start. For full details please click here (PDF).

? Food Forest Stewardship Drop-In Days | Last Saturday of the month, 9am to 2pm  (June 30 to Oct. 27 – RESCHEDULED TO NOV. 3). Help transform the western woodland surrounding the farm into a bountiful and biodiverse Food Forest guided by permaculture principles. Includes planting, weeding and removing invasive species, creating and maintaining paths and garden beds. Email marinap@blackcreekfarm.ca with any questions. For full details please click here (PDF).

? Volunteer at Tree For Me (Short-term opportunity) | See dates below. The Tree For Me program matches people in Toronto with native trees. Come help spread the word about our event and/or help on the event day! Attend a volunteer orientation session and learn more about Toronto canopy, tree planting and care and what to expect on the event day! Food and tokens provided. Read more about this volunteer opportunity here or view the poster here.

Click here for a full list of upcoming opportunities.

Please send an email to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@blackcreekfarm.ca if you are able to help out at one of our upcoming events or work bees. 

If you are interested in becoming a BCCF volunteer, please fill out this form. We will add you to our volunteer mailing list so you will receive updates about volunteer opportunities.