Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
Current Corporate Volunteer Workdays in our Grow-to-Learn School Gardens
Our organic school garden at John Polanyi CI (640 Lawrence Ave. W) is an abundant, 1.5 acre growing and teaching space that welcomes thousands of visitors each season.
Schools are invited for curriculum-learning workshops and field trips; thousands of pounds of organic produce is donated to local food banks; and low-income seniors and families are invited to exchange kitchen scraps for garden goods and a free meal during our weekly Garden Markets.
To get your company or business involved, please get in touch here.
1. Spring Set-Up, Garden Workday (April 2018)
Spend an active, hands-on half or full day in one of our school gardens to help get it set-up and prepared for the growing season. Although this can be tailored to your group, spring set-up usually involves clearing, organizing, sowing, weeding, raking, and repairing any winter damage.
Our John Polanyi CI site has an outdoor kitchen and covered seating for large groups, ideal for garden lunches. Please contact us for more details.
2. Help Create a School Orchard (April 2018)
Work alongside garden managers to bring a new fruit orchard to life at our Elmbank Junior Middle Academy site. Choose to participate for a half or full day of physical, hand-on tasks in a natural environment. This will involved clearing the area, digging, and planting new trees and bushes.
Ideal for small or large groups. Please contact us for more details.
3. Host a Garden Market & Community Dinner
Spend about 5-8 hours in an outdoor, natural learning environment while helping to set-up for our weekly garden market and community dinner. Tasks include purchasing groceries for the communal meal, cooking in our outdoor kitchen, harvesting and tending to the gardens, setting up the market and helping with clean up.
10-25 volunteers / Tuesdays May-October / 5-8 hours
4. Seasonal Garden-to-Table Harvesting
Learn to make seasonal goods such as apple cider, sauerkraut, berry jam and more. Tasks include harvesting fruit and vegetables and/or making jarred goods to be sold in our markets and donated to local feeding programs.
Best for smaller groups, up to 10 people.