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

UW Botanic Gardens grounds are open to visitors. However, all buildings and  are closed.

The UW Farm continues to operate, growing food for the community under strict protocols with critical staff only at this time. All students are required to work remotely and our volunteer program is suspended at this time.

UW Botanic Gardens continues to follow all advice and directives set forth by the University of Washington, which are detailed at length on the UW Novel Coronavirus Information Page.

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 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 for scheduling, at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to visit the farm.

Who May Volunteer During Phase 2 –

Students and individuals engaged in the following approved activities, organizations:

  • Intellectual House volunteers
  • School for Public Health graduate students
  • Nutrition Sciences Program graduates students
  • Program on the Environment  (The Urban Farm course ENVIR240)
  • UW Food Pantry volunteers
  • UW Medicine Wellness Council
  • Dirty Dozen RSO officers and volunteers
  • UW Farm Interns


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 with UWBG

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.

Complete Questionnaire Here.

ALSO REQUIRED: view and “Launch course” for COVID-19 Safety Training Video. Click on the link below before arriving at the farm. The UW farm manager will receive a link once you have completed viewing the video, taking this short “course”:

Watch Video 


Details for Service-Learners via the UW Community Engagement and Leadership Center, or CELE*

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only Service-Learners in The Urban Farm ENVIR240 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 Spring 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 and 2 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.


Volunteer Schedule for Spring 2021 – Due to COVID-19 safety and health precautions, Community Volunteer work parties have been postponed until further notice.


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