We welcome you to volunteer with us. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in our work, to learn more about how growing food helps bring people together and build community!
If you wish to bring a group, please contact Shane Bernardo Sbernardo@cskdetroit.org to do so. If it is just you, a couple of friends, or your family, no need to schedule... just come on by.
Please carefully read the below information regarding volunteering with Earthworks and share it with others that intend on volunteering with you. Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Type of work:
The type of volunteer work we have may depend on many variables such as the time of year, weather, size, and age of the group or otherwise. As such, it's difficult to share what exactly volunteers will be doing on a particular date.
In general, some of those things may include:
- mixing soil/making soil blocks or germination trays
- flipping compost
- planting/seeding or thinning out seedlings
- pricking out seedling/transplants
- harvesting/processing produce
- cultivating/weeding beds
- general cleanup and other tasks generally related to gardening or farming.
In other words, manual labor that includes lifting, kneeling, crouching, bending, twisting, turning, shoveling, raking, etc. Caution may be required when working or walking on ground that is loose, uneven or slippery.
Earthworks is located at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Meldrum site, 1264 Meldrum (at St. Paul) Detroit, MI 48207. We are located between Kercheval and E. Lafayette and between Mt. Elliott and Beaufait on Detroit's near eastside right behind the Capuchin Monastary and St. Bonaventure.
Our volunteer schedule is seasonal. We have outdoor gardens as well as a greenhouse and hoophouse so we can work rain or shine.
Wednesdays, 9am - 12pm - February though the third week in December.
Saturdays, 9am - 12pm - April through the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Thursdays/Fridays, 9am - 12pm - June through September.
After volunteering, you are more than welcome to join us in the Soup Kitchen for lunch Wednesday though Friday. Give us a call or check our calendar before you come (just to be on the safe side). We don’t host volunteer hours on the weekends of Memorial Day, the 4th July or Labor Day.
The only time you need to call ahead is if you're coming with a group larger than 5 people. The largest group we can accommodate at any time is 15.
We don't have any age restrictions. We just ask that younger folks under 18 are accompanied by their parents/legal guardians or have their expressed written consent.
Please make sure that you come prepared to work by wearing the appropriate clothing: comfortable, closed-toe shoes and long pants that you don't mind getting dirty. We also highly recommend that you bring a reusable water bottle, a hat with a brim to keep the sun out of your face and maybe some sun block. We work rain or shine so dressing for the weather is also recommended.
Volunteers are more than welcome to take photos of our gardens. We ask that photos including people from the community or other volunteers are taken with their expressed permission whether or not the photos are for personal use or will be published. Likewise, Earthworks' staff may also take photos of volunteer activities to share in our weekly newsletter, facebook page and twitter account. Volunteer groups should communicate this if they don't already have a policy regarding photos. We respect and highly regard any individual’s or group's right to not have their photo taken.
You can also volunteer in our Soup Kitchen. At our Soup Kitchen, Rita Johnson schedules volunteers to help prep and serve food. Her phone number is (313) 579-2100 x 213. There are two volunteer shifts in the Soup Kitchen. One is from 6am-10am and the next shift is from 11am-2pm.
When you arrive to volunteer at Earthworks, please ask for Patrick (Farm/Program Manager) or Roxanne (Asst Farm Manager).
All are highly encouraged to join our email list to receive weekly email updates that include volunteer opportunities by clicking here. Or call us at (313)-579-2100, ext 204 for more information.