Farming is demanding but rewarding. Whether you’re a student or a community member, join us to learn more about sustainable agriculture, food systems and our role in the community! 

women harvesting

Our work day revolves around the seasons, planting and harvests for most of the year. The UW Farm has three growing sites

Locations: Mercer CourtMcMahon Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture

We host volunteers at all three sites.

You may find yourself involved in any one of the following activities when you arrive for a shift:

  • Picking, washing, packing produce for campus dining, CSA or the food pantry
  • Starting seeds and making soil blocks
  • Preparing beds for planting, including moving compost, tillage, making raised beds
  • Weeding by hand and using various farm tools
  • Direct seeding and transplanting in the farm plots including using organic fertilizers
  • Pruning perennials
  • Installing Drip Tape
  • Making flower bouquets or caring for the farm’s flowers
  • Other tasks related to maintaining the farm’s produce production and management of perennial plants

Who can volunteer?

  • Minors – If you are under the age of 18, you are required to come with an adult supervisor.
  • Community volunteers – A ‘community volunteer’ is any and all individuals, age of 18 and above, that are not currently registered for a UW class that utilizes the farm for Service-Learning.
  • Service-Learners – Current students registered for volunteer work as part of a course at UW
  • Non-UW Volunteer Groups – Groups who would like to volunteer such as a corporate day of service, non-profit or school experience, etc. should contact the UW Farm at least one month prior to your desired date. Email –

Details for signing up to be a Community Volunteer

We need you! Community volunteers play an important role when students are not available and often lead volunteer shifts during the academic quarters.

2020 shifts for community volunteers begin Saturday, February 15th.

Please complete the two-step sign-up process below before you arrive. We look forward to meeting you!

Volunteer shifts are also posted in our newsletter, the UW calendar, and our facebook page.

Details for Service-Learners via the UW Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Orientation for Service-Learning is REQUIRED. The Winter 2020 orientation is from 9-1pm on January 18th and begins in the Douglas Research Conservatory at the Center for Urban Horticulture, east campus.

Service-Learning for Winter 2020 quarter is 7 weeks and a minimum of 14 hours. The last day to complete hours is March 7th.

It is expected that students complete at least one shift per week and sign up for shifts via the two-step process below.

 All Volunteers – Signing up is a two-step process:

Step 1- All volunteers, even if you have visited before, please begin by signing up to be a volunteer via the website. This helps us track volunteers and insures you in case of injury. This is a ONE TIME application no matter how frequently you volunteer.

Sign Up

Step 2 – Complete the seasonal questionnaire if this is your first time, or even if you are a returning volunteer. This step allows the UW Farm to collect information on user-ship for the farm for each quarter and adds you to our sign-in sheets that we use on a daily basis.

Fill out the questionnaire Here.

Please note: Due to the high volume of volunteer sign-ups we cannot always send a confirmation email. We also request that you do not contact the UW farm via gmail or phone before reporting for a shift.

Have a large group? Please contact us at for scheduling, at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to visit the farm.

Volunteer Schedule for Winter 2020 

Shifts are two hours, with the exception of Saturdays. Please arrive promptly for each shift. Contacting the Farm Manager is not required before arriving.

Mondays 3-5 Mercer Court, shift begins in building E, Room 102
Tuesdays 3-5 Center for Urban Horticulture, shift begins in the Douglas Research Conservatory, head house
Wednesdays 3-5 Mercer Court, shift begins in building E, Room 102
Thursdays 3-5 Center for Urban Horticulture, shift begins in the Douglas Research Conservatory, head house
Fridays No volunteer shifts on Fridays until April
Saturdays* 9-1 All Saturday Shifts are at the Center for Urban Horticulture. shifts begin in the Douglas Research Conservatory head house

*Orientation for Winter quarter service-Learners is Saturday January 18th, 9-1If you are not a student Service-Learner the first volunteer shift is Saturday, February 15th


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