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Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you want to be a TCGN Volunteer, or your Community Garden needs the help of a volunteer...This is your connection!

Want to Volunteer?

The Toronto Community Garden Network is looking for volunteers to help with events, organizational development, giving workshops, graphic design, gardening and much more.

please provide:

  • your contact information
  • times and days that you are available
  • any skills you have that you think are useful
  • and what you are interested in learning.
  • As well, if you would like to volunteer near your home or work, please indicate where that is.

Need a Volunteer?

Or if your Community Garden, or Community Garden Event needs the help of volunteers, The TCGN volunteer coordinator is the person to ask.

If you require the help of a volunteer:,

  • please give the name of your garden
  • and location
  • the days and times that the help will be needed.

You can contact the TCGN Volunteer Coordinator by emailing

Gardening Volunteer

Homes First is a registered charity that houses the homeless in the city of Toronto. We provide affordable housing and support services to break the cycle of homelessness for those with the fewest housing options.

Posted (April 22, 2015)



Do you have a great green thumb? A passion for planting? Are you a wizard when it comes to weeding? We are looking for someone who can help us maintain our community gardens. There are about 6 positions available.


Major Responsibilities:

Gardener Volunteers are responsible for assisting the staff in maintaining the gardens and grounds at Homes First properties. 

The volunteer will:

  • Assists with maintenance and grooming of indoor and outdoor garden,
  • Assists with planting, watering, weeding, mulching, raking, and pruning.
  • Assists with special projects including annual garden planting, fall bulb planting, and Earth Day clean-up
  • Assists with propagation of plants


Environmental Factors: This position requires bending, lifting and is very active.  Volunteers may work in outside garden or inside tending house plants.  Conditions may vary widely during the course of the day. The volunteer must be able to lift 25 pounds.


Locations: Several in the downtown Toronto Area.



Training Provided: Orientation to Homes First and Health and Safety Training, as well as regular guidance from the community development department regarding tasks and assignments



Length of Commitment: Minimum 4 Month commitment, 2-4 hours a week.

Date and time is flexible and can be chosen by volunteer.

However must be sometime Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.


Reports to: Site Staff


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Learn or develop new skills
  • Share your skills and talent
  • Motivation and sense of achievement
  • Gain work experience
  • Enhance your resume
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Make an impact in the social services field
  • Sharpen leadership skills
  • Support something in which you believe


Grounds for Termination:

  • Failure to carry out assigned responsibilities
  • Misrepresenting Homes First or its policies
  • Breach of confidentiality


Please send your resume and cover letter to the Volunteer Coordinator at or via fax (416) 214-1873


Registered Canadian Charitable Registration No. 118962182 RR

Download this as a pdf: Homes First Volunteer Gardeners 2015


Gardening Volunteers


The YWCA, ELM Centre, located in downtown Toronto, is looking for an interested volunteer to support us in our Community Garden plots this season!
We have 3 plots on our property- 2 rooftops and 1 land plot including a Traditional Indigenous garden on one rooftop growing traditional medicines such as tobacco, sweet grass, cedar, and sage.

Location: 87 Elm St Toronto

Artist: Jill H Andrews -

The community garden: Better than a magic pill and


We are looking for a volunteer to support us in our garden planning and getting the plants in the ground! Rooftop and container gardening expertise a bonus!

  • Time Commitment is flexible...approx. 5-10 hours for planning and planting.
  • Maintenance support 2 hours a week as needed.
  • Volunteer must be interested in working with women who experience severe and persistent mental health issues and/or addictions.

If interested, please contact Jaime McGuire at (416) 260-2000 x374




Join Evergreen's Urban Agriculture Volunteer Leaders!

Be a part of Evergreen’s Urban Agriculture team and support our staff in facilitating successful food gardening, compost and soil building projects at Evergreen Brick Works and surrounding community food gardens! By helping the Urban Agriculture Coordinator with community programs, project preparation, facilitation and supervising volunteers and program participants you can help programs grow by leading the way. Urban Agriculture Volunteer Leaders (UAVLs) will be paired up with a community garden in the GTA to lead in tasks such as gardening, providing activity demos to small groups, welcoming and signing in volunteers, taking evaluations of involvement, liaising with other site programs as necessary and getting their hands dirty too.


Commitment: At least 4 daytime shifts a month

When and Where: UAVLs will be based at either Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave) or one of 20 community gardens that we support throughout the city. Garden programs typically last between 2-3 hours and occur mostly during weekday daytimes – UAVLs are expected to commit to a minimum of 3 shifts in a month with some flexibility. Some independent transportation may be required.

How we’ll support you: UAVLs are required to attend a mandatory orientation and training session prior in early May, exact date and time TBD based on group availability. You will be further mentored on site at events by our Community Development team. Evergreen will also send you regular volunteer e-news, our Dig In! newsletter, to keep you in the loop of potential learning opportunities and other volunteer opportunities available.

Perks: UAVLs will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a position of more responsibility. You’ll be working closely with Evergreen staff in a mentoring relationship and receive an Evergreen t-shirt to help identify you among other program participants. You’ll also get to share in some of the tasty foods grown!

If this sounds like you: Send your letter of interest, describing past leadership experience, the skills you bring to the position and your general availability to our Urban Agriculture Coordinator, Ashlee Cooper at acooper msk* If you have not completed an Evergreen Volunteer Application before, please complete one and submit it along with your letter of interest (available from our Volunteering page).

For more information visit the Evergreen Volunteer Posting

Volunteer Opportunities - Spring 2014

From Cultivate Toronto

  • There is no deadline to apply, we are still welcoming applications.


Cultivate Toronto has two volunteer opportunities for 2014


Cultivate Toronto is a registered non-profit organization with the goal of turning Toronto’s front yards, backyards, and rooftops into a sustainable source of fresh, organically grown food. We are fueled by a passion for engaging and connecting the community in the rediscovery of local food.


Garden Hub Coordinators work under the direction of the Garden Operations Manager to ensure healthy harvests for Cultivate Toronto's Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program. Garden Hub Coordinators are needed in Wychwood, East York, Dovercourt, and Regent Park. This is a part-time volunteer position with a minimum time commitment of 6 hours per week.


The Compost Manager is a key member of Cultivate Toronto's gardening team. Working without direct supervision, the Compost Manager oversees all aspects related to compost creation and maintenance for the organization's gardens. This is a part-time volunteer position with a fairly steady workload year-round and a minimum time commitment of 6 hours per week.



PermaCulture Living Convergence - Fall 2013

Call for Workshop Proposals


Have an idea for a workshop that would engage people around the theme of Uniting Toronto? Sub themes are health, food, building and design for urban communities, power, women in leadership ...
We are looking for:
  • Persons who'd like to present.
    • Proposal deadline October 30th.
  • People who would like to assist with the event are welcome to send in their contact information, along with the hours they can volunteer their time.
  • Raw food donations are also welcome. We have a chef who will prepare the food for the weekend's events. Assistants in the kitchen are welcome to help prep and serve the food.


  • People are invited to bring their own flatware, mugs, plates and bowls.


Email Toyin:


Fresh City Intern Opportunity

  • Hands-on learning opportunity at sustainable, urban farm in GTA
  • 4 week Part-time September internship at Fresh City Farms



Are you passionate about local, sustain-ably grown food? Would you like to learn what urban farming is all about? We are opening up a few new intern spots for the month of September at Fresh City Farms. There is still plenty of work to do and lots to learn alongside our staff and Member Farmers heading into the fall season and lots of great things to learn. Our in-city farm projects at Downsview Park and Black Creek Community Farms are both TTC accessible.

The Internship is unpaid, however- the experience invaluable. No prior farm experience required. An enthusiastic team spirit and do-what-it-takes attitude is essential. You’ll work side by side with experienced urban farmers that will show you the ropes. Volunteers should be comfortable being outdoors in most types of weather and able to lift at least 25 lbs. comfortably.

What we believe

  • We believe in the intimate connection between people, land and food.
  • We value artisan skills and quality production.
  • We conduct ourselves with integrity and embrace diversity.
  • We are innovative and entrepreneurial.
  • We believe that change is possible. Seriously.

If you believe that too, and would like to work and learn with us, please apply. No resume required. Send us a note and tell us what excites you about locally grown, sustainable food and why (please keep it short and sweet so we can get back to the fields).

VERY IMPROTANT: Please include your full name, email address, home phone/cell phone in the body of your email and the days and times you are available.

The internship program runs Monday (mornings only) thru Thursday. Full day session run 7:45am to 4:30pm and half day sessions run 7:45am to 12:30pm or 1:15pm to 6pm. All new interns are required to participate in a minimum of 1 full day session or two half day sessions per week for the first 4 weeks. September internships start Tuesday, September 3rd.

Learn more about us at

The TYFPC is looking for new council members!

The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council is looking for 5 new council members to join our team! The last year has been one of the best in the TYFPC’s history, and we’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated youth (16-30) to make next year even better!




Available positions:

  • Operations Lead
  • Advocacy Committee Co-Lead
  • Education Committee Co-Lead (x2)
  • Network Committee Co-Lead


Click here for information on the TYFPC and the application process


Interested candidates should read the above job description(s) then complete and email the Application for Council Membership along with a resume and cover letter to:

The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council seeks to engage and mobilize youth to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system for all. We do this by building community, raising awareness, and advocating for policy change.

We’re also known for throwing great parties! Wanna help build a healthy, just, and sustainable food system in Ontario? Join us!

Toronto Master Gardeners


The Toronto Master Gardeners are volunteers committed to providing the public with horticultural information, education and inspiration. The resources and services available through their website are designed to help Toronto residents use safe, effective, proven and sustainable horticultural practices to create gardens, landscapes and communities that are both vibrant and healthy.


  • Toronto Master Gardeners are welcoming new members
  • Entrance exam: September 16 2013
  • Personal interviews: September 30th – October 2nd
  • Course Begins: January 2014
  • Location: Toronto Botanical Gardens
  • Address: 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto,

The basic gardening knowledge entrance exam will be held at the TBG on September 16, followed by personal interviews September 30 – October 2.

Successful candidates will start their courses in January 2014.


Core Volunteer Positions Available

The Backyard Farm & Market at Erin Mills (Mississauga), and our organic veggie farm in Sutton, are both currently accepting applicants for the following "Core Volunteer" positions for the 2013 season. Please forward to anyone who you think may be interested.

The Backyard Farm & Market at Erin Mills (located at 2475 Eglinton Ave. W, Mississauga) ... the north-east corner Eglinton and Erin Mills Parkway. Across the street from the town centre, and attached to the pond.


  • FARM Volunteer: Tuesdays, 9am-3pm, 8 shifts minimum, weekly or bimonthly, from current date until Thanksgiving
  • MARKET Volunteer: Saturdays, 8:30am-2:30pm, 8 shifts minimum, weekly or bimonthly, from current date until Thanksgiving
  • Newsletter Coordinator: 1/2 - 1 day per week, work from anywhere
  • Community Outreach & Marketing Assistant: 1/2 - 1 day per week, some work to occur in Mississauga, and some from home
  • Events/Programming Coordinator: Work to occur both at market, and from home
  • Music Programmer: Work to occur both at market, and from home
  • Market Photography & Social Media: Work to occur both at market, and from home


To apply:

Email Deanna Berry, at, and let her know:

What position you'd like to apply for

Dates you'd be interested in committing to

No resumes necessary

Our Veggie Farm in Sutton

The Elmgrove Organic Collective is currently welcoming Core and Casual Volunteers to help on our farm in Sutton on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (Please note, we're closed on Saturdays and Mondays). Please visit our website at for more information.

  • Need a lift? We are offering carpooling from Toronto on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Interested in interacting with the community on a weekly basis in a fun, busy environment? Interested in learning how to sell produce? We'd also love your help at our Farmer's Market stand at the Newmarket Farmer's Market. (Please note, for the farmer's market, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 8 shifts throughout the summer until the end of October).

To arrange to help out on the farm, or at the market, please contact Pam at to find out more. No resumes necessary.

Looking forward to farming with you soon! Until then, Keep Livin' on the Veg!

My Edible Garden
  • Communications Intern


With a unique combination of educated and creative landscaping techniques, My Edible Garden specializes in custom design and installation of unique garden beds, raised planter boxes, and garden structures. We provide one-on-one garden coaching, maintenance packages, rain water harvesting and irrigation, and customized planting guides.


Like any good garden we are growing, and in need of a Communications Intern. Be an integral part of helping My Edible Garden thrive!


  • Location: Work from home and on-site
  • Time Commitment: Based on opportunities (guaranteed 5 hours/week starting)
  • Application Deadline: Monday July 15, 2013.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Update and maintain website and blog
  • Research gardening resources and related topics
  • Network and connect with like-minded groups and communities
  • Manage and maintain client database
  • Write and distribute bi-weekly E-Newsletter
  • Event planning and coordination


Toronto Seed Library Volunteer Opportunities

The Toronto Seed Library (TSL)- is sprouting and growing fast - So we are in need of many volunteers.

  • First we start off with:

Volunteer Orientation, Branch Build and Seed Packing/Sorting/Sharing

  • Location: Scadding Court Community Centre
  • Address: 707 Dundas Street West
  • Date: Thursday, May 23rd 2013
  • Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
This Orientation event is over - however there are ongoing requirements for volunteers. please feel free to contact for more information.

Peas “Like” our new page on Facebook - to receive seedy updates, links and more and share it with your networks!


  • Next - we need a variety of skills so our Seed Library can mature:



The Garden Party at Redeemer Lutheran

1691 Bloor St. W.


The Garden Party at Redeemer Lutheran is a non-denominational giving garden dedicated to growing and sharing healthy food with people in need.


We are looking for new volunteers to help with planting and weeding.

Our regular work time is Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. As well, there are other opportunities for watering and harvesting during the week.


Volunteers Needed for the -

Alexandria Park Diversity Garden


Hello Past and Present Gardeners, neighbours, friends and strangers!

We are looking for a few people to become involved in the Diversity Garden on a regular basis.

The Diversity Garden is the large west plot at the south end of Alexandra Park within the fence. It is the 1500 sq ft. section that grows food by volunteers for the local food bank and hot meal programs. We have been growing 1500 lbs of food annually since 2005 with volunteers and people like you!

Organizations like St. Felix Centre, Evangel Hall, our own community kitchen programs and the Fort York Food Bank don’t often get fresh produce let alone local and naturally grown and picked fresh the morning of delivery.

A team of people would help each other to sow, grow, weed, harvest and deliver this season working together and in small groups.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, please let me know. Or pass this along to someone you know who wants to garden in a larger way directly contributing to our food insecure families in the area.

Thanks so much,

Krista Fry

  • Community and Urban Agriculture Worker
  • Scadding Court
  • (416)392-0335

Volunteer at the Green Living Show with Fair Trade Toronto!

Looking to become involved in something that can make a difference? .

Want to learn more about Fair Trade? .

Interested in sharing what you already know about Fair Trade? .

Like to meet new friends and have fun?

Join Fair Trade Toronto as a volunteer!

We are currently recruiting volunteers for this year's Fair Trade Town at the Green Living Show. Last year's Fair Trade Town was a hit, and this year will be even bigger! Volunteers will help engage the public in what Fair Trade is and its benefits, as well as talk about Fair Trade Toronto and its initiatives.



Friday, April 12; 10 am - 9 pm

Saturday, April 13; 10 am - 9 pm

Sunday, April 14; 10 am - 6 pm

(each volunteer shift is 3-4 hours long)


Where: Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd. Toronto, ON.


Interested? Have questions?

Email: .

New to Fair Trade? Don't worry! Fair Trade Toronto will provide the appropriate training to ensure all volunteers are comfortable before volunteer day!

West End Seedy Saturday

Volunteer Opportunity


Kick off the 2013 garden season at the second annual West End Seedy Saturday !!

  • When: March 23rd, 2013
  • Time: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Where: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church
  • Location: 250 Dunn Avenue (Parkdale)
Seedy Saturday is a chance for gardeners to come together to share mint tea and to participate in a seed exchange, art making and free gardening workshops. There will be kids’ activities, unique seed sellers, community group displays, tasty local treats for sale and much more.
  • If you would like to get involved and volunteer at this event please contact:
  • Ana:


Sustainable Business Opportunity


with Garden Jane


The Cutting Veg

Cultivating personal, social, environmental, and economic health through organic agriculture


  • Compensation: Learning these skills, and some fresh produce
  • Availability: 1-2 days per week,
  • Starting Date: beginning of March, 2013
  • Location: Cutting Veg Organic Farm, located in Sutton, Ontario,
    • AND Garden Janes's place in High Park


Garden Jane and The Cutting Veg have teamed up to offer an exciting, new Joint Internship Program. The internship program is targeted to those who want to deepen their community development and gardening skills, as well as their coaching skills. Ideally some of our interns have an interest in joining our team in a paid capacity as an Associate Garden Coach in future as well. Currently, we are working with The Daniels Corporation to integrate community gardens into many of their condos across the GTA. Our role is to help get the gardens up and running, and help the Gardening Committees learn to manage the garden. Engaging with these gardens and their communities will be a core component of this year's internship.


Tree Tenders Volunteer Training

This multi-day course is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees, and how to properly care for them then this course for you!
Each session provides basic arboriculture training which includes a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction, including a group tree planting. This course qualifies for ISA Continuing Education Units (CEU).


  • Cost: $50 +HST / $70 +HST with ISA Citizen Arborist Manual
  • Click here to see the LEAF website

Urban Agriculturalists -

Worm Wranglers


Evergreen’s beautiful gardens grow tall because of the healthy soil their roots are growing in. There is more than enough food scraps onsite to supply our gardens, yet each spring we find we need to purchase more from outside sources.


This fall, we are committing to creating more compost and we need your help. This team of volunteers will learn the skills to properly manage our outdoor composting systems. We’ll also learn the art of worm composting: nurturing our current population, feeding and housing worms, and creating copious amounts of worm castings to use onsite and in the community. This team will also manage the Grow Tubes and demonstrate the capacity of a closed-loop urban soil system. Some people think of food scraps as waste, we see food scraps and think great! Join the Urban Agriculture team if you are interested in gardening, getting a little dirty and learning more about the most critical part of food production: soil.

If this sounds like you: Contact Ashlee Cooper with your interests and availability.


Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre

1326 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 1Z1

(T) 416-465-6021 (F) 416-465-3224



The Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre’s (RIWC) mandate is to support immigrant women and their families in taking greater control of their lives.
RIWC has created a health program that responds to the emerging food security and health needs of the women they serve.
RIWC’s Urban Farming/Food Security project will provide gardening workshops, exercise classes and health related workshops to vulnerable community members. Through this experience, especially through the gardening workshops, these women will learn how to grow, maintain and harvest food gardens and lead healthier lives.


We are looking for volunteers to facilitate the following gardening workshops;

  • Gardening Basics- identifying needs of plants
  • Composting
  • Canning and Preserving
  • Balcony gardening
  • Container gardening

We are open to any other ideas that other participants can relate to and use in their daily lives!

Please contact Marisol Fornoni at marisol.riwc@gmail if you have any questions regarding this program.

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden 2012

The fourth growing season at Parkview Neighbourhood Garden is well underway. This year, the north and south sections of the garden are fully planted. We now have raspberries and currants in the garden, thanks to donations of these plants by volunteers. We are also starting a small orchard in the central section of the garden. We need lots of volunteers to maintain a garden that spans a city block.

We hope that you are eager to come out, socialize, enjoy healthy exercise and learn how to grow delicious fresh food. Please join us! No experience necessary.

The regular weekly work groups for 2012 are:

  • Sunday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:00-11:00am


Toronto Youth Food Policy Council: Apply for membership!



Wanna help build a local, just, and sustainable food system in Ontario? The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC)seeks to engage and mobilize youth to create a local, just, and sustainable food system for all. We do this by community building, raising awareness, and advocating for policy change.


The TYFPC is on the hunt for 6 fantastic new council members for the 2012-2013 calendar year!


Available Positions:

TYFPC Vice Chair

IT & Social Media Guru

Operations Lead

Network Committee Member

Advocacy Committee Leads (x2)


Interested candidates should read the above job description(s) and email the Application for Council Membership along with a resume and cover letter to by midnight on June 21st.

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours


The 6th Jane’s Walk is taking place on May 5 & 6, 2012 in Toronto and many other cities over the world, and we are hoping that you will join us in celebrating our neighbourhoods and the people who make them exciting and vibrant places to live, work and play.

Jane’s Walk is looking for volunteers and walk leaders, as well as the walkers themselves to help build these walks across the city. We wondered if you could let the community members in your park’s organization know about the upcoming events and volunteer opportunities available to them.


Volunteer Opportunities

Fresh City Farms


We are looking for reliable, curious, passionate, and chock-full-of energy urbanites willing (and excited) to get their hands dirty with the Fresh City Internship Program. Past farming experience is not a pre-requisite, but you must be familiar with the basics tenants of sustainable, organic agriculture and hopefully you’ve tried your hand at growing something before. We will teach you the rest!

We are looking for individuals who are able to commit one day a week for 6 hours for at least 12 weeks. In exchange for your time and hard work, you will learn how to grow quality food and will meet like-minded people who are passionate about food and changing the world.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Toronto Community Garden Network

Seedy Saturdays And Sunday 2012


Volunteer Oppertunities



Scadding Court

Evergreen Brick Works

Heron Park Community Centre

West End

Lawrence Heights Community Centre


General Questions about Seedy Saturday or Sunday in the GTA?


Here is a great opportunity to share your knowledge, and to learn about compost and healthy soils. Volunteering here gives you a chance to meet new people and help out at this years Seedy Saturday Event
with this year’s theme:

SOIL - the life beneath our feet


  • Please contact the individual Seedy events directly, with your your skills and days of availability - They will need help beforehand in the preparations, as well as on the day of the event.
  • TRANSLATIONS - If you can translate the main event page into other languages - please contact, to find out what exactly needs to be translated. The TCGN website can handle many different character sets.
Habitat for Humanity Toronto


Habitat for Humanity Toronto is on the hunt for a volunteer to look after the gardening at our head office located at 155 Bermondsey Rd. Toronto, ON (Vic Park and Eglinton) The volunteer would be responsible for taking care of the shrubs, turning/adding to the mulch and removing the weeds within the planters.

  • Volunteer would not be responsible for cutting the grass

We are looking to have the volunteer come one/two days a month!

To sign up/if you have any questions about this position please contact the Volunteer Coordinator:

Come volunteer in the Dufferin Grove Park Community Garden!
  • - we're looking for new volunteers for the drop-in gardening club
  • - all levels of garden experience welcome
  • - weekday and week-end drop-in garden club meeting times
  • - plan, maintain, harvest, collect seeds, and help build plant supports and garden beds
  • - learn about composting, rooftop gardening, native plants, perennials, and vegetable gardening
  • - participate in a variety of gardening workshops
  • - to learn more, contact
 (July 26, 2011)
The Cutting Veg


Organic Farm Volunteers Needed:


The Garlic Harvest:
It's time for the annual garlic harvest, and we've got 30,000+ bulbs of Persian, Korean, Italian, Tibetan, Israeli and 15 other varieties to harvest and hang in the barn to cure! Please join us for the garlic harvest this coming Sunday, July 31st, and/or Monday, Aug 1st (Civic Holiday) from 6:30am-3:30pm.

...and let her know what day you want to come, and, if you need directions to the farm, or a lift (leaving at 6am from Davenport and Bathurst area). Hope to see you on the farm this week!


There are ongoing harvesting opportunities through the growing season, so feel free to contact Jessica, to find out what else needs to be harvested.

"Cultivating Personal, Social, Environmental, and Economic Health through Organic Agriculture."
Seeds For Change
Volunteer Opportunities

Seeds For Change, a grass-roots organization, is implementing 3 pilot projects (1 school and 2 community gardens) in 2011 to grow healthier neighbourhoods through community and school gardens.

We created this organization to address many problems facing Canadians in the 21st century:

  • Obesity,
  • Diabetes,
  • reduced physical outdoor activity,
  • Nature Deficit Disorder,
  • Hunger and Food Security.

Our hands-on experiential programs will engage schools, local businesses and community members, providing educational opportunities for people to reconnect to nature and learn critical life skills. The pilot project for the garden at Firehall 71 will expand to include other Vaughan firehalls + the 8 additional municipalities in York Region. The 58 townhome community garden is an example of sustainable landscaping in high density areas. All will promote cross-cultural and intergenerational relationships encouraging volunteerism and giving back with a portion of the produce being given to those community members needing fresh nutritional food.


Seeds For Change has two volunteer opportunities:


We are looking for 1 or a small team of up to 3 Undergraduate or Graduate students to help us develop our organization. With approval from professors, we would like to offer them the opportunity to get credit for this project:.


Calling High School Students! Interested in getting volunteer hours?
Interested in improving the environment, gaining new skills and helping to grow a healthier community in Thornhill?

Perth Dupont Community garden Volunteer


Started just as a garden with individual plots nestled into the Symington Avenue Playground Park in 2005 by the City Councillor, The Perth Dupont Community Garden has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture.

With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, our community garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills.


Our garden is looking for one or two people in the Dupont West Neighbourhood, interested in flowers and roses, to help with our Front flower Bed, and our Native Plant - Butterfly Garden.



posted June 27, 2011

The Cutting Veg


'Organic Farm Volunteering Opportunity':


Interested in Volunteering with The Cutting Veg? The Cutting Veg offers a variety of opportunities to serve your community, including hands-on farming, working at farmers markets, and working at our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs.


We have two types of volunteers: Casual and Core.

Casual volunteers do not need to make any commitment, and are welcome to help out on the farm most Sundays to Fridays, between 6:30am and 3:30pm. If you are interested in being a casual volunteer, email Daniel at, and say "Add me to your newsletter, as I'm interested in being a casual volunteer."

In contrast, Core Volunteers commit to a certain shift at the farm or a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Program), over a two month minimum period. We are currently accepting applications for the following "Core Volunteer" positions for the 2011 season:



Become an

  • Assistant Day Camp Counsellor
  • Green City Adventure Camp
  • Evergreen Brick Works
  • July-August 2011

Assistant Day Camp Counsellors will work with Camp staff and program leaders to inspire 6-10 year olds in exploring and discovering the green side of Toronto. Activities will include urban-outdoor exploration, gardening, cooking, cycling, building, nature games and eco-crafts.


What you bring:

You’re experienced and enjoy working with children. You love the outdoors and the environment. Outdoor/environmental education is an asset. Some first aid training preferred. You’re physically active and have some skills in arts/crafts/food gardening, nutrition and cycling. You’re reliable and a team player. You are 16 years old or older.


When & where:

At Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue. Commit to at least two weeks during the summer, more are preferred. Shuttle bus transportation will be available to and from Broadview Station.


How we’ll support you:

There will be an orientation and training session before camp and field and program training will happen on the job. Training will include program overview, safety protocols and game/activity facilitation. You’ll receive ongoing support from the children’s education program staff team at the site.

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Seedy Sunday Volunteers Needed!


This year Seedy Sunday will be held in three locations:
  • Central Toronto - 7 Hart House Circle, at the University of Toronto, on February 13, 2011, 12:30 – 6 pm.
  • North York Lawrence Heights Community Centre, on March 27th, from 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Scarborough Heron Park community Centre 292 Manse Road, Saturday March 12th. from 12 NOON -4 pm
In addition to being part of one of the most exciting gardening, and food related events of the year, volunteers are given free admission, a preview before the crowds arrive. Of course, you’ll also meet a bunch of great people all working to make seeds, gardening and food more accessible to all.


We are looking for volunteers interested in:
  • working on Sunday Feb. 13th. (for the Toronto event)
  • working on Sunday March 27th. (for the North York event)
  • also for volunteers who can help with the seed packing leading up to Seedy Sunday.


For the Toronto and North York locations we need volunteers on Feb 13 from 9 am – 7:30 pm , and March 27th from 10:00- 6:00 for a variety of tasks from set up and helping with the seed exchange to workshop assistance, and take down.

To registration for The Seedy events at the Hart House or North York, please contact Marc Egan

For Scarborough please contact Kate Fullerton

Seed Packing Dates:


  • - Scadding Court - 707 Dundas Street West
  • Friday, January 28th 1 - 4 pm
  • Contac: Krista Fry [[(mailto:)]





The Final Push! Volunteers Needed -
Cutting Veg - Sept 2010
Although the garlic planting won't take place for another 6 weeks, it enters into our focus now. There are many steps before we are ready to plant. Specifically, we need to separate bulbs into cloves. This season we harvested 17,000 bulbs. We will be increasing our production to approximately 25,000 for next season. With bulbs having 6 cloves on average, we need to separate approximately 4200 bulbs into cloves.
Additionally, we need to make raised beds for the garlic, and fertilize them with composted manure. We will need approx 25 beds, and with each bed requiring 3 cart loads of manure...we have a lot of manuring to do. For me, September/October is one of the most satisfying phases of the growing season. It's an opportunity to refocus, and ensure one finishes the season with a flourish. Sleep-ins can start in November.


Volunteer Needs:

  • Sept 6th - Sept 9th -2010
  • Sept 12th - Sept 16th -2010
  • ...To the end of the season


We will be welcoming volunteers this week and next few weeks, from Sunday - Thursday, between 6:30 and noon. If you would like to come and help out on one of these days....

Please rsvp Daniel Hoffmann that you intend to come, and let us know if you will be driving, or need support with a lift. The farm is approx 30 mins from Toronto, and I will send you directions, if you rsvp that you will be driving.


Looking forward to working with ya! Keep Livin' on the Veg!


  • Daniel Hoffmann
  • The Cutting Veg
  • (647)388-7444

"Cultivating Personal, Social, Environmental, and Economic Health through Organic Agriculture."
Volunteer opportunity for the The Cutting Veg

(re-posted June 22nd 2010)


As in past seasons, The Cutting Veg will continue to provide the opportunity for folks to come out to the farm each Sunday morning, and on some weekdays throughout the farming season. There is no commitment necessary for this. One simply needs to rsvp to the "volunteer needs" section in the weekly newsletter called "Farm Talk", when one wants to come and help out.


However, in addition, The Cutting Veg is now accepting applications for our "Committed Volunteer" positions. A Committed Volunteer must be willing to commit to a certain shift each week, for six weeks at a time.

As thanks, a Committed Volunteer will receive, in exchange her/his labour: skills, knowledge, and veggies.


We are currently looking for committed volunteers for the following shifts:

  • FARM: Tuesday mornings, 6:30am-noon.
  • FARM: Wednesday mornings, 6:30am-noon.
  • FARM: Thursday mornings, 6:30am-noon.


To apply:

The Perth Dupont Community Garden

Volunteer Opportunities April & May

due to events beyond our control, we have had to reschedual our plans

Rescheduled for June and July 2010

The Perth Dupont Community Garden Has received a grant from the Carrot Cache to build a porch onto our existing Garden Shed. We are also planning to install Solar Panels to the roof so that we can have a running water feature in our Butterfly Garden. This will provide our pollinators with water.

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Interested in composting?


The Stop Community Food Centre is looking for dedicated volunteers to help with our compost facility. Come 1 per week for 1 hour (eg. Every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm) within the work week or Saturdays during the farmers’ market (8am -12pm) to take on the following tasks:



  • -Collect coffee grounds from Starbucks and World Class Bakers
  • -Record compost temperatures
  • -Aerate compost bins with compost crank
  • -Ensure empty green bin is available for compost contributors
  • -Feed Worm Bins
  • -Ensure that bins are well sealed and that no garbage is left in the area.
  • -Ensure that the compost contribution sheet is entered into the online database.


Volunteers, once trained, are asked to work primarily independently. In compensation for your on-going work, for every month that you contribute to the compost, you will receive a high quality worm compost tea bag (dissolves in your watering can to fertilize three planters).

Training for this volunteer position will begin June 24th and spots are limited.

  • If you are interested in this arrangement, please contact
  • Carolyn Young at (416)651-78667 x25
  • or email



Gardening Workshops Presenters Needed

The East Scarborough Community Garden Association

is part of the TCGN.


As part of our gardening workshop program, Gardening Workshops presenters needed at the ROSE Community Garden by The East Scarborough Community Garden Association for In garden workshops on the following subjects presented in the early evening for local gardeners for approx 40 minute presentation.


  • Workshop Themes and Times needed:


  • Garden Herbs for The Vegetable Garden...
  • Garden Composting...
  • both for the end of June


  • Selective Weeding...
  • Root Bed Watering...
  • both mid July


  • Succession Planting...
  • end July


  • Seed Saving...
  • mid September


Workshop outline notes to be jointly developed with the Coordinator, for distribution to attendees by presenter prior to workshop

Compensation and dinner buffet will be provided

  • Ability to provide invoice for honorarium is preferred


Contact Dave Jones at (416)912-7739 or e-mail at:

for further information, and to provide background briefing for the subject you wish to make a presentation on. As well, any past training that you have provided to community gardeners to.

Children’s Garden Program Volunteer


- Start date: As soon as possible
- Location: Parkdale, Toronto


Volunteer Description:

The Children’s Garden Program Volunteer will aid Greenest City staff to operate children’s garden programming for the growing season (May – August). This is a regular volunteer position, where the volunteer will come out and help every Wednesday from 5-8pm and then again on Thursday from 1-2pm. The Wednesday session is aimed at 5-12 year olds and the Thursday session is aimed at under 5 year olds.




  • Proven experience working with children


  • A basic knowledge of gardening techniques


  • An interest in arts and crafts


  • Enthusiasm and a high level of energy


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Upper Canada College Boys Would Like to Build Planters or Coldframes For Your Garden!


Spring 2010

A group of 66 grade 5 boys from UCC are doing a community action project this Spring. In small groups they will build planters, window boxes, coldframes or other needed items for interested community gardens or apartments.

They would like to donate the items they build and deliver them to the garden. There will be 20-30 items.


If you and your garden is interested in meeting and working with the students or if you know of a seniors home that could use some window boxes please contact me at

Lori Burnison

We will most likely be able to accomdate 2-3 gardens.

The Bishop Tutu Community Garden


What could be better than a sunny afternoon in the garden, picking fresh cucumbers and tomatoes to eat with food cooked in the open air, and sharing it with friends and family?
The Bishop Tutu Community Garden was born in 2006 and we're hoping it will help create this vision of a healthy neighbourhood.
Since our community's courtyard (and garden) is situated over our underground garage, gardening here has been a challenge. But battling the pink patio bricks and cement has been a worthwhile endeavor.


  • We looking for a volunteer with a little extra time to help maintain it's parkcommons website. Training would be provided.
  • If you would like to assist us, please email...
  • Tara at
  • or call (416)593-8520.


  • The Bishop Tutu Community Garden is located at the foot of Bathurst St. near the lake but after the training, the upkeep of the website can be done on your own computer.

Research About Community Gardens

---This project is now completed---

Hello, my name is Marialena Dimou, and I am a fourth year student at the University of Toronto. I am conducting research about community gardens in Toronto. The focus of my project is to determine if there is a parallel or coalescence of social norms and environmental ethics in community gardens' groups.   For example, does the social norm of reciprocity within a group converge with an environmental ethic of reciprocity within nature? How the relationship between social norms and environmental ethics express itself?
I'm looking for present or past members/volunteers of community gardens to participate in my research. I need a minimum of 10 people to interview, and a minimum of 30 people to survey in mid-late January. The interviews would be 30 minutes-one hour, and can be done over the phone. The surveys would be 10-15 minutes (20 minutes max), and would be via email.

Would you be able to participate in my research?

...Do you know of anyone else who might be interested?

If you are interested in participating in the research, or if you have more questions,

please contact me Marialena Dimou by email:

or by telephone: (416)827-7218

Join FoodCycles in constructing its first modular set of worm bins, sprout-salad-herb growing tables and runoff collection systems!

---This project is now completed---

Want to gain some hands on construction experience? Do you enjoy using hammers, nails or handling wood? Do you want to learn how to build a really big worm composting bin to handle food waste like a pro? Here's your chance!

FoodCycles will be constructing its first modular set of worm bins, sprout-salad-herb growing tables and runoff collection systems on ...

Mon, Jul 27,

Wed Jul 29 and

Sat, Aug 1, 2009

at the FoodCycles greenhouse farm (70 Canuck Ave, map and directions.

Please Register: by emailing or call (416)845-0818.

It's a potluck, so feel free to bring some food or snacks.
Please remember to bring closed toe shoes, extra water, lighter layers and sunscreen.
There will be more 3-day building sessions to follow over the next few months so stay tuned! Learn more about FoodCycles city farm at

City Farm Hands - FoodCycles, Toronto, ft/pt volunteer opportunities

Are you interested in: City farming, gardening and growing food? Learning the practical side of environmental and food issues? Getting lots of exercise and fresh air? Composting and creating good soil? Learning skills to get you a paying job? Are you ready to make a difference!

"Growing vibrant soil, food and community."
FoodCycles is a non-profit city farm based in the Greater Toronto Area that raises worms, produces nutritious, vibrant soil and grows food. We are looking for volunteers (unpaid) who have a interest in urban agriculture and would like to get dirty! We are in the midst of establishing our farm so there is lots of tasks to do. Laying out field blocks, seeding, transplanting, and building worm bins are just some of the activities to do!

For the full details please visit our website

RSVP if you can, at or call (416)845_0818.

Edible Container Garden Show

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market
Toronto Balconies Bloom
are introducing their first
Collaborative Edible Container Garden Show

Saturday Aug. 8, 2009,

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

rain or shine,

at the Withrow Park Farmers' Market.

We still need volunteers for the preparation of the event and on the day of, and if you can help please contact Roberta at or at 416-461-2825.

The Withrow Park Farmers' Market is located one block south of Greektown on the Danforth, between Carlaw and Logan. Closest subway stops are Chester and Pape. Visit and for more information about the show organizers.



Volunteer Opportunity

A Cleaning and Greening Project with Native Plants North of the Bain Co-op on the south side of Sparkhall (a neglected site) across from the award winning CMHC Healthy House.
You will have an opportunity to learn gardening and restoration basics with Dagmar Baur, award winning gardener in a unique and beautiful community.
The Project will start with volunteer training on safety, tool use, watering, native restoration

Volunteer training will commence around July 16th, 2009.

We will set specific volunteer days after July 20th, 2009 and into August.

Contact Dagmar Baur at to sign up.

Please include your name and contact information as well as any skills you may have.


Please see the Beautification Project

Clean up area. Remove tripping hazards, volunteer shrubs, dead branches, tree stumps, weeds, remnants of dumped concrete, dig out inappropriately situated shrubs.


Second Base Youth Shelter Garden

please contact the e-mail address below for the more current information

Volunteers are needed at the homeless youth shelter, Second Base, in Scarborough.

The chef, who teaches the kids cooking skills and does general cooking for them, wants to organize a vegetable garden in the full-sun backyard of this shelter.

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering for an upcoming gardening initiative at Second Base Youth Shelter we would love to have your support. If you wish to volunteer on the project please attend an information session being hosted at Second Base on May 20th at 7pm in the drop-in space. This orientation session will be kept brief, but we will be discussing plans for the date of planting as well as the direction and vision of the program and how it will impact the youth.

Skills needed for this stage of planning:

  • we need people with good gardening skills to help plan the layout of the garden and when and where things should get planted.
  • we also need people with experience in working with youth and the challenges they face,
  • we will need people with leadership skills, that have experience using general gardening tools and can show the youths and other volunteers how to use them.
  • we are also looking for a long term volunteer to help teach the staff and youth how to maintain the garden for the season.
  • we also appreciate general volunteers, people with good hearts
  • If you aren’t currently a staff member or volunteer at Second Base please be sure to bring photo ID for a police check.
  • Volunteers must be twenty-two years of age and older.


Call for Volunteers for our Compost Bin Building Bonanza!!

---So Sorry--- Both days have been filled. But please check the FoodShare website for other opportunities to volunteer //

FoodShare Toronto is looking for volunteers to help build five three-bin (nine feet long) composters for local community gardens.

Prep-build event:

When: Thursday, April 16th from 2-5:30
Where: FoodShare 90 Croatia St.

Main building event:

When: Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 - 3pm
Where: FoodShare 90 Croatia St.
We are looking for both people who have carpentry-type experience,
and those who wish to learn.
This is your chance to learn how to build a compost bin, and have lots of fun while doing it! This volunteer event is both for people who have carpentry-type experience, and those who wish to learn.
If you can't make the Saturday, we are having a prep-build on Thursday, April 16th from 2-5:30 followed by a supper. So come on out for some fun, physical work, a chance to sharpen up your carpentry skills and put some of your creative energy into a great project!

RSVP to Angela by April 16th by email:

or by phone (416)363-6441 ex 227.

FoodShare is just off the Bloor Subway line at the Dufferin Station stop, at Brock and Croatia St. (near the Dufferin Mall).
FoodShare map and directions here: //
Or call us for more detailed directions (416)363-6441.

posted March 06, 2009

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

The Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs are seeking 3-6 Core Volunteers for our 2009 Season.

Position Title: Core Volunteer

Position Type: Volunteer

Organization: City of Toronto, Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs


Location: Mainly High Park and Discovery Walk Trails, Toronto, ON

Number of Positions: 3-6

Location: Mainly High Park also Discovery Walk Trails Throughout Toronto

Commences: May 4, 2009 – Flexible

Who We Are:
Imagine our City’s future led by a generation of lifetime gardeners and naturalists. The City of Toronto, Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs offer award winning organic gardening and environmental education programs to schools and campers at the High Park Children’s Garden and along a variety of Discovery Trails located throughout Toronto.


posted March 03, 2009

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Looking for Artists, Entertainers, Educators and Promoters with a Gardening, Nature and/or Environmental Focus

Imagine our City’s future led by a generation of lifetime gardeners and naturalists. The City of Toronto’s, Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs conduct award winning organic gardening and environmental education programs. Our free Community Special Events are run out of the High Park Children’s Garden. Hundreds of families come out each year for garden and nature activities and a free harvest lunch, while it lasts.

We are looking for Volunteer Special Guests to join us this summer at our Groovy Garden Gala, Sunday, July 12th, 2009 and Tastes of the World Garden Fiesta, Sunday, August 16th, 2009.

We will promote your involvement and may be able to provide a small stipend for your assistance in helping us create an outstanding Community Event.

Please call or email Robin Salt at (416)338-5055 or to discuss if you might be the right fit for one our exciting Special Events.

Other opportunities exist as Special Guests for our Eco Camp program and the High Park Harvest Festival (Sunday, Oct. 4th 2009). Contact us for more information on these fun opportunities or visit our website at .

posted February 14, 2009

Urban Agriculture Co-Organizers

(2 volunteer positions)

You will be one of two individuals that lead a team of 4- 5 volunteers in planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting a 1500 sq ft community garden plot that grows 1500 lbs of fresh, organic produce annually for local food banks and programs through the PLANT A ROW GROW A ROW program.

(see for more information). Support will be provided by Scadding Court’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator. This position is for volunteers aged 18 years or more, however the team itself can include volunteers of all ages and youth participation would be very welcome!


  • Plan, prepare, grow and harvest according to an existing production schedule
  • Garden according to permaculture principles (if you are not familiar with this, then bring a willingness to learn!)
  • Build on / further develop that production schedule to adapt to the interests and skills of you and your team
  • Work with Scadding Court’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator to recruit your team of volunteers
  • Weekly updates, regular communication and planning for food delivery with the Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • Communicate and share information with other community gardeners and visitors to the garden on an as-needed basis

Benefits and Opportunities:

Wanted: Plant GuruNative Plants and Food Plants


Share your knowledge of native plants and/or food plants with aspiring gardeners! Provide information and educate visitors and customers at Evergreen’s brand new garden centre at Evergreen Brick Works.


Plant gurus will answer customer questions, assist with plant selection and possibly conduct short demonstrations/workshops. By helping to inform and inspire people; you'll be helping deepen the connection between nature and cities.


  • What you bring: You’re personable and outgoing with strong English communication skills. You’ve got solid native plant knowledge. Retail experience an asset



Volunteer Opportunities 2008

posted August 27, 2008

Seeds of Diversity Events

Seeds of Diversity Canada (SoDC) will be at several events in September. If you are a member of Seeds of Diversity Canada, and would like to volunteer for any of these events, or if you would like to become a member and join SoDC, and volunteer...

Please contact Judy at Seeds of Diversity or

Event 1:

Sat. Sept. 6, The Withrow Park Farmers' Market


posted August 08, 2008

Good Food for All Event

On Saturday, September 20, The Stop will be hosting its annual Good Food for All event. It is a celebration in Davenport West of local food and our neighbourhood.

This year's main event will be a Celebrity Chef Throwdown, M.C.ed by Matt Galloway. We will also have a repeat of the highly successful Kids Zone, complete with food tasting, crafts, instrument making (for the samba parade), prizes, and again, the obligatory bouncy castle. And once again, we've got some great music lined up.

We could use some help with ideas for, and coordination of, other activities.

Some ideas we've had are:

A weed walk to identify edible weeds, demos of different uses of herbs for food, cosmetics and/or medicine.

A scavenger hunt for kids or in combination with the weed walk.

In other words,... we need activity organizers and leaders and are open to new ideas for (free) activities or displays.

We have near-confirmation from one well-known chef, as well as, of course, our own well-known chef, Joshna.

But we're also interested in pursuing some chefs from neighbourhood restaurants to be part of one of the teams who will vie for the prize for "Who can best wrangle an assortment of our garden produce into a delicious dish!"

So, if you are one of these chefs, or know one, please pass on your/their contact info.

Food donations are also welcome.

If you have some time, resources and creativity to spare, please email our organizer, Melissa, at


San Lorenzo Community Garden Seeking Volunteers

every Friday at 6 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
We can give community hours to high school students.

Some of the activities in the garden are weeding, watering plants, cleaning up gardening areas, transplanting, airing out composting bins, and organizing tools at the end of the day.

Other assignments are Mulching, pruning, painting, and cleaning up gardens.

Volunteers can call during business hours at San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre at (416)782-2953. There is a calendar at the centre with the schedule, Marta the receptionist has it handy and can inform volunteers about community garden hours.

Volunteers should ask for Julieta on Mondays, and can reach her at (647)746-6336. .

Once volunteers have registered, they will be given Julieta cell phone number, in case it rains or other emergences.

Refreshments will be served. some work is hard like the one for those who are willing and able to do it.

PLEASE NOTE: it is important that volunteers contact Julieta, to let her know if they want to work.

"San Lorenzo Community Garden" is located at 22 Wenderly Dr. and Dufferin St. (near Lawrence)

For more information please contact Julieta at:

Posted July 19 2008

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