Ready to get your hands dirty?
want to help your community, learn more about growing food, or just
want to get your hands in the soil, Growing Power offers opportunities
for individuals and groups to get in touch with the land.
Many different types of volunteer opportunities exist,
from farming to graphic design. If you
have a skill that you think might be useful, please speak up and
we’ll put you to work.
After completing an orientation, volunteers are welcome Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm, except during workshops.
2014 Weekend Workshop Schedule :
Saturdays at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm from March through November.
All volunteers must attend an orientation starting at 10:00am. The farm is located at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Hudson Street (3 blocks east of Halstead). The site is accessible by Brown and Purple line trains at the Chicago and Franklin stop and by Red line train at the Chicago stop. Please do not bring personal items with you to the farm.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet and how early should I get to the
What is the work like?
Farming is hard work. Depending on the season, you may be preparing beds, shifting compost, planting, harvesting, tending vegetables or cleaning up the land. We work rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather. Expect to get your hands and clothes dirty by the end of day.
What do I need to bring?
Þ A water bottle;
Þ a hat;
Þ work gloves (if you want them); and
Þ rain gear (depending on weather).
We will supply all the tools you will need to work. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or anaphylaxis, please bring your inhaler or epipen and tell your group leader of your condition before working in the field.
What do I wear when working on the land?
Long pants and shirt are recommended for farm work. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. Keep in mind that you will get dirty and be prepared for warm, cold, or wet weather. Bring extra layers and rain gear so that you are comfortable working in most weather conditions. A box of garbage bags is a good item to bring in case people in your group don’t bring rain gear.
Do we still work when it rains?
Yes, we work when it rains. The grower will tell staff and group leaders to stop working when weather conditions are not conducive for fieldwork.
What about lunch and water?
Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch. You should bring enough water to get you through your work commitment.
Thank you to the numerous volunteers who help Growing Power accomplish our work. We couldn’t do it with out your support!
Milwaukee Headquarters: 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218
Tel. 414.527.1546 / Fax 414.527.1908
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