Enjoy working outdoors? Want to share your passion for gardening with others? Oregon Food Bank's Learning Gardens program offers four different volunteer opportunities that address the root causes of hunger. Read the descriptions below to find the one that fits you best.
Ways to volunteer
Eastside Learning Garden - 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland
The Eastside Learning Garden at OFB's northeast Portland facility includes more than 17,000 square feet of growing space, a container garden, four laying hens, 24 fruit trees, blueberry, currant and raspberry bushes and a compost demonstration area. Beginning and experienced volunteers work together to grow nutritious produce, enjoy physical activity, increase gardening skills and support Oregon Food Bank.
Weekly shifts are:
- Tuesdays 9 a.m. to Noon, April through September
- Thursdays 9 a.m. to Noon, year-round
- Saturdays, 9 a.m. to Noon, mid-March through mid-November
Register to volunteer for a Dig In! shift.
Questions? See our volunteer FAQ.
Westside Learning Garden - 1600 N.W. 173rd Ave., Beaverton
The Westside Learning Garden is located down the street from the new OFB West facility. Located on the grounds of Five Oaks Middle School, the Learning Garden is a collaborative effort between OFB volunteers and students of Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School.
Seed to Supper
Seed to Supper is a comprehensive, five-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.
Seed to Supper Garden Educator volunteers teach classes that are held at agencies that serve low-income adults throughout Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark Counties. Seed to Supper is a joint effort of Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener
Classes are taught with a PowerPoint presentation and participant manual. Garden Educator volunteers should have a working knowledge of the topic and be able to answer participants’ questions.
For more information about becoming a Seed to Supper Garden Educator Volunteer, please read our Volunteer Information Packet.
After reading through the packet, here are the steps to become a volunteer:
- Complete the application
- Attend a new volunteer orientation and training
After you submit the application, we'll contact you with information about upcoming trainings.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Other helpful links
Lisa Waugh, Learning Gardens volunteer coordinator