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FarmWorks Volunteer Work Days

Start date: Ongoing
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This is a monthly volunteer opportunity within the Food and Farming Department at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego.

As a volunteer, you will be helping to maintain the visual aesthetic of our North Park urban farm where we run our Youth FarmWorks program. The FarmWorks program provides a paid work internship for low-income youth (ages 16-20) from the City Heights neighborhood to develop transferable job skills during the internship and, hopefully, land a permanent job immediately afterwards. The IRC operates the Youth FarmWorks urban farm and pop-up farm stand each week as a job platform for the youth interns to develop real-world work experience, while also generating revenue to sustain the program long-term.

Regular Volunteer Tasks Include:

  • Weeding the pathways and areas surrounding our raised beds,
  • Maintaining the pathways in the garden - i.e. moving mulch in wheelbarrows and laying mulch in pathways,
  • Weeding within our raised beds,
  • Various other garden activities, as needed.

Possible Volunteer Activities Include (depending on the month):

  • Building various garden items with our Youth FarmWorks interns - i.e. scarecrow, community mini-library, planting out a "wheelbarrow garden bed," various other garden activities, as needed.

Event Dates:

  • Saturday, June 8th
  • Saturday, July 13th
  • Saturday, August 10th

Event Time:

  • 10:30am-1:30pm - Please come for however long you can. You do not have to stay for the entire 3 hours. Please give us an approximate arrival time and for how long you will be able to stay.

Event Address:

  • 3725 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (Corner of 30th and Gunn St. in North Park)


  • Street Parking. There is usually parking available within walking distance. There is also a parking garage one block north of us. We recommend car-pooling whenever possible.

What to Bring:

  • Please wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty.
  • Closed toed shoes are required, we cannot let you work on-site if you are wearing open-toed shoes.
  • Water bottle to keep hydrated.
  • Sunscreen and any other weather appropriate items.


Contact Robbie Wilcox for questions regarding this opportunity:
Robbie.Wilcox [at] rescue.org
(619) 641-7510 x 263