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 program, or the food pantry
Starting seeds and making soil blocks
Preparing beds for planting, including moving compost, tilling, making raised beds
Weeding by hand using various farm tools
Direct seeding and transplanting crop “starts” in the greenhouse, in farm plots
Working with organic fertilizers
Pruning, dividing and caring for perennial flowers, fruit trees and shrubs
Removing invasive plants
Installing Drip Irrigation
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
Have a large group? Please contact us at email@example.com for scheduling, at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to visit the farm. Though all our volunteer activities are outside, group size is limited to 30 individuals total and COVID-19 safety precautions must be followed.
Guidelines and Safety Practices for Volunteering at the UW Farm
Following University protocols, limited in-person academic, co-curricular activities, and growing food/food security activities are permitted at the UW Farm. These activities include:
o Small group informal instruction (meeting with interns, capstone)
o Small group academic-related meetings.
o Work parties limited to five persons per plot with one supervisor
o Maximum capacity on the outdoor UW Farm field areas is limited to 30 persons.
o Meetings of registered student organizations
These in-person activities must meet the following requirements:
o Participation is voluntary
o Attendance and/or participation in these activities cannot be factored into grades
o Equity must be considered. If students are unable to attend an in-person activity an alternative remote option must be offered.
o The total number of attendees are within space capacity limitations as dictated by health guidelines (distancing, masking, cleaning).
o Indoors – Participants must wear masks and maintain six feet of physical distancing indoors
o Outdoors – Masks/face coverings must be worn if physical distancing cannot be maintained
o Volunteers are strongly encouraged to sign up for Husky Coronavirus Testing and the WANotify exposure notification app
o Volunteers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated if possible.
• Anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must stay home. Instructors, students or staff with COVID-19 symptoms should also get tested and are required to notify the UW Environmental Health & Safety COVID-19 Response and Prevention team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they test positive.
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.
Step 3 – ALSO REQUIRED: view the COVID-19 Prevention video or pdf file. You will be asked if you have viewed these upon arrival of your first shift.
If you have a UW NetID – Watch the video. Click on the link below and select, “Launch course” for COVID-19 Safety Training Video. View this video before arriving at the farm. The UW farm manager will receive a link once you have completed viewing the video, taking this short “course”.
Active growing locations summer 2021 are Mercer Court on Adams Lane and the Center for Urban Horticulture, or CUH
Mercer Court 8-11
Mercer Court 8-11
Mercer Court 12-2
Saturdays change locations: June 5 is CUH, June 12 is CUH, June 19 is at Mercer Court, June 26 is at CUH
Details for Service-Learners via the UW Community Engagement and Leadership Center, or CELE*
During COVID-19 restrictions, Service-Learners may be approved for on-site learning
Due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, attending an orientation for Service-Learning is not required at this time.
Service-Learning for the Summer 2021 quarter is limited to certain courses – contact faculty and the CELE for a Listing to learn about opportunities each quarter
All students MUST sign up for positions in EXPO before arriving for the first shift
It is expected that students complete at least one shift per week
Volunteer shifts are listed in Step 2, above in the sign-up process, “all Volunteers.”
All Service Learners MUST complete steps 1, 2 and 3 above BEFORE arriving for a shift in order to schedule everyone for health and safety reasons.
Arrive for your first shift prepared to work on the farm, in all sorts of weather.
You must wear a masks and gloves, which are provided by the farm at the farm sites if you do not have these items.
You will work physically. If possible bring something to drink and a snack.
*Previously referred to as the Carlson Center for Leadership and Community Service
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.