Volunteer services have resumed at Earthworks Urban Farm! We are in dire need of help with weeding, planting and picking our gardens up! We know times are especially hard right now, and we need help in growing food for our communities.

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!

Please click on this link: http://cskearthworks.thecapuchins.volunteerhub.com/ to apply to volunteer, and review and register for current volunteer schedule. Please contact Wendy Casey at earthworks@cskdetroit.org if you have any questions.

Effective January 1, 2020, we no longer accept drop-in volunteers.

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 Monastery and St. Bonaventure.


Click on http://cskearthworks.thecapuchins.volunteerhub.com/ to view and register for times and dates.


Minimum age of a volunteer is seven years old. Any volunteer who is under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a parent-approved adult chaperone.


Please make sure that you come prepared to work by wearing the appropriate clothing: comfortable, closed-toe shoes are required 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. Please note that closed-toe shoes are required!


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, Twitter and Instagram accounts Volunteer groups should communicate this if they don't already have a policy regarding photos. We respect any individual or group's right to not have their photo taken.

Other opportunities

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 2204 for more information.

Click here to follow the Earthworks Facebook page to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and events.

COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines:

In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to protect your health and the health of our staff, we ask you to implement the following guidelines:

  • Please do not volunteer if you or someone in your household is experiencing any one of the COVID-19 symptoms. Also please do not volunteer if you are under quarantine or supposed to be under quarantine.
  • You will be asked to complete a standard COVID-19-related health questionnaire before entering Capuchin program premises.
  • You will be asked to review and abide with COVID-19 Reporting and Follow-up Guidelines.
  • When you are on the Capuchin premises, you must follow CDC-recommended guidelines, including:
    • Mouth and nose must be covered with a face mask or cloth covering at all times.
    • Maintain at least six feet of social distance from others at all times.
    • Wash hands properly with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
    • No touching of face with hands.
    • Cough into a cloth, tissue or your elbow.
    • Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.