Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities:

Strengthening the San Diego Community Garden Network
To take SDCGN to the next level, we are looking for additional volunteers to grow the network to be a central hub of support and information for new and established community gardeners alike. People can take on new projects with SDCGN, or they can add a SDCGN association to their existing community roles. Here are the positions we are seeking in order to create a countywide community of community gardeners, and we are open to additional ideas as people become more involved:

SDCGN as an Organization

  • Grantwriters/Fundraisers

Providing a Space for Networking

  • Monthly SDCGN Get-Together Coordinator and one-time community garden Hosts
  • Community Outreach: posting news and local events
  • Networker/Journalist: update community garden map and listing, visit gardens to do mini interviews, generate community garden happenings content
  • Conference Planners for training conference and tour of community gardens

Consultation and Creating Working Models

  • Regional Community Garden Mentors
  • Construction and Landscape Architecture Consultants: garden design, irrigation advising, and building templates for garden structures
  • Land Acquisition Consultants, Public Land and Local Government Advisors
  • Educational Consultants: workshops on gardening and STEAM education
  • Sponsor Garden Coordinator, Land Trust Manager (funding dependent)

Shared Resources across the County

  • Garden Supply Consultant/Researcher to update our website: good suppliers of organic gardening supplies (donated and discounted pricing)
  • Researcher/Practitioner of localized best practices of gardening and community garden management: research in community gardens with possible liaison with Universities
  • SDCGN Wholesale Program Coordinator
  • Group Volunteer Coordinator: community garden requests matched with volunteer groups
  • Filmmakers for educational videos made by SD County community gardens

Posted September 25, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities: Whether you are  currently a community gardener, would like to become one, or are a friend of community gardens it is your participation and support that will create a vibrant community garden movement in San Diego. The Network needs people with experience in all of the following: gardening, the web, fundraising, accounting/finance, writing skills, teaching, advocacy, carpentry, public speaking, irrigation, composting, cooking, event planning, research.  If you just want to lend a hand and are interested in developing gardening skills we often need a helping at events and on short term projects.

For more information contact us at TheNetwork@sdcgn.org

Are you interested in videotaping stories from your community garden to post on our site?  Want to start a blog about your community garden?

Are you an experienced vegetable gardener and want to help gardeners in a new community garden get in touch with their green thumbs?


18 Responses to Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Laura Delany says:

    I would like to get a community garden started in Linda Vista. I want to help the efforts and need more info.


    • admin says:

      Hi, Laura, Have you been in touch with the Bayside Community Center Group or the Montgomery School group. If not , I am happy to put you in touch. They are both in the early stages of working on a community garden. In the meantime the Network is looking for voulunteers. We will be listing upcoming projects for the network that are looking for folks to take on.

  2. Margaret Grasela says:

    I live in Encinitas and I am willing to help plant or work in a cmmunity Garden. Does anyone need help with gardening?

  3. Kim says:

    Hi! I am a student who is doing a project on helping around our community. I would like to know if there are opportunities to volunteer. I would like to know when and where my group and I can be of assistance. We are a group of five responsible high schoolers. Thank you so much for your time and help.

  4. Berkeley says:

    I am currently working on an organic farm in San Diego as well as doing an urban farming internship at City College. I am just very interested in agriculture and gardening and want to volunteer my time helping either create or manage a community garden. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  5. Randy Baker says:

    Hello – anything going on in Vista save for the one at Alta Vista. I’m looking for something different than what’s happening there. – Thanks you! RB

  6. Susan Deaver says:

    COMMUNITY GARDENS OF VISTA IS NOW FORMING! This is a brand new neighborhood project. OUR FIRST ORGANIZING MEETING IS THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 @ 6:30PM in Vista near Brengle Terrace Park. Please email Susan for additional information and meeting address: communitygardensofvista@gardener.com GO TO FACEBOOK to see PHOTOS of our Demonstration Garden Bed for COMMUNITY GARDENS OF VISTA!

  7. Tracy says:

    Hi there. I’m interested in volunteering in some capacity – I’m new to SD area and would love to get involved with the community. What are your current (if any) volunteer needs? Thanks!

    • Henry B. says:

      Hi Tracy,
      I hope by now you are somewhat settled into San Diego. Apologies for just noticing your posting regarding volunteer opportunities. If you live, work or otherwise find yourself close to the main campus of San Diego State University, please consider a visit to our community garden. Our website has all the details so please check it out first when you have a moment. Thank you.

  8. Diane Wiscott says:

    I would like information on the garden across the street from Kaiser, on Travelodge drive in El Cajon. I would like to be able to garden there or somewhere in East County.



    • CGNetwork says:

      Here is the information on the garden. Please contact Anne directly: New Roots Fresh Farm Community Garden

      Street Address 203 Travelodge Cr
      City El Cajon
      Zip Code 92020
      Contact Anne Barron
      Phone Number 619-641-7510×311
      Organization International Rescue Committee and Kaiser Permenente
      Category Community Garden
      Size of Plots 30×20, 10×10
      Cost pert month/year $50 for 2013
      Accepting Applications? yes
      Email Anne.Barron@Rescue.org

      The New Roots Fresh Farm Community Garden, a community partnership between the International Rescue Committee and Kaiser Permenente, is a neighborhood wellness hub and organic garden for residents of El Cajon.

  9. Elisa says:

    Hello, my name’s Elisa…I’m an Escondido resident but grew up in Vista. I have a few hundred fruit trees, mostly Guava & Arrellan, some Avocado, that I’d like to donate. They were from my Father’s nursery business & he has since passed away. I’d like to honor & continue his legacy by finding them good homes where they’ll be appreciated & enjoyed. Please contact me via email or phine@(760) 801.8856

  10. John Mata says:

    I am president of a Toastmasters public speaking club and I would like to learn more about your public speaking opportunities. I am also an R&D Engineer for a drip irrigation manufacturer–my focus is on new product development. I am wondering if there is a way we could help each other. Perhaps we can perform field testing on new products at some of your network’s locations. Please contact me.


    • CGNetwork says:

      Please email us at TheNetwork@sdcgn.org and leave us all your contact info and tell us a little more. what company do you work for? It is very possible we can collaborate and let us know what kind of topics you are interested in speaking about.

  11. megan says:

    I am interested in volunteering at a community garden in vista. I cannot find the address for the community gardens of vista at the link communitygardensofvista@gardener.com .
    Any idea of the location of this garden or any other farms/gardens in the area???
    805 319 0975 : )

  12. Jaime says:

    I am wondering if there are any community gardens near Carlsbad (East). Thanks!

    • CGNetwork says:

      Yes, there are two gardens in Carlsbad. You can search for them on our map by clicking in a balloon or by entering nearly zip code in the search area above the map.

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