When can I volunteer?

NOTE FOR SPRING 2021: Due to COVID-19, we are NOT hosting public workdays. Check our Instagram for the most recent information.

Individual and Group Volunteering Sessions are offered every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

How do I (or groups of 4 or less) sign up?

At this time, individual volunteers and groups of 4 or less do not need to sign up. Simply show up at the farm during any session! Please arrive at or before 10:30am; it throws a wrench in things if people show up late after projects have been started.

How do groups of 5 or more sign up?

Student orgs and other groups of 5 or more can register to volunteer by emailing microfarm@utenvironment.org. Sessions can fill up and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Get scheduled today!

How do I get there? Where can I park?

The farm is located at 4901 Guadalupe St (zip: 78751) at the Whitaker IM Fields. Parking in the lots is limited to those with a UT Parking Pass (of any kind). However, there is plenty of street parking around that’s free on Sundays and there is a quick bus route from campus! To find the farm, enter on the side with the Tennis Courts and through the office.

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What will we be doing?

A lot goes into maintaining a farm, even a microfarm. Volunteers can expect to help with a range of tasks, including planting, harvesting, composting, weeding, mulching, beautification, and more. Volunteer work at the farm helps support our mission of being an educational community resource. Sessions are about 75% volunteer work and 25% education and discussion. In addition to farm work, we’ll spend some time showing you and your group around the farm and discussing issues relating to the quality, justice, and biology of food.

What do we need to bring?

  • A reusable water bottle (there is a water fountain in the tennis building)
  • Closed-toed shoes (socks that cover ankles recommended, stops mosquito bites)
  • Your student ID (required to enter!)
  • An open mind!

We provide tools, gloves, and directions (and sometimes snacks too).

What about weather and cancellations?

Check our Facebook page if the weather looks questionable. We post all scheduling changes/updates there. If you need to cancel a group reservation, please email microfarm@utenvironment.org no less than a week in advance.