GET INVOLVED

The World In A Garden is a multicultural urban farm project that educates community and youth on the nutritional, cultural, social and environmental benefits of a just and local food system.

GET INVOLVED

Whether you want to help your community, learn more about growing food, or just get your hands in the soil, The World In A Garden offers opportunities for individuals and groups to get in touch with the land and make lasting community connections.  Many different types of volunteer opportunities exist, from farming to social marketing.  Read below for our existing volunteer roles and send the volunteer application to Alicia: alicia@theworldinagarden.com

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP:

If your corporation is interested in sponsorship opportunities with The World in a Garden, please contact Tricia Sedgwick: tricia@theworldinagarden.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete a Volunteer Application Form and send to alicia@theworldinagarden.com.

Internships:

We are always looking for motivated, hard-working individuals to fill our internship positions. If you are interested in doing an internship in Fall 2012, please read the descriptions below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Garden & Market

Marketing & Social Media

Volunteer Coordination

Garden Volunteers:

Dreaming of farming but don’t know where to start? This position introduces volunteers to various aspects of sustainable food production: planting, seeding, harvesting, composting, landscaping and more! Our Urban Farmers play a critical role in carrying out the day to day activities involved in creating a flourishing garden in the city!

Drop-In Mondays: Join us every Monday from 3:30-5:30pm for a garden tour, followed by a volunteer work party that keeps our garden up to speed.

Harvest Team:

Crops from the garden are harvested for local food banks, farm and community market sales, and for our restaurant partners. We harvest Monday afternoons, 2-6pm, Friday evenings, 4-8pm and Saturday mornings, 7-9am. Start your day off in the best way possible- join us any day for one hour, two hours or more!

Youth Education:

One of the main activities at the garden is engaging children with the ideas of the seed to table process.  We do this through our Youth Educational Programs like garden tours and work days for school groups and our youth education program, Passport to Permaculture!

Community Events:

Be a spokesperson for local food at our information booth at a community partner’s event or help out at our Multicultural Harvest Celebration or film fundraiser. There’s no better way to engage yourself and your community in local food than chatting, mingling and networking!

Group / Corporate Volunteering:

Whether you are a community organization, business or corporate group, we welcome you to give back by helping out in the garden! The World In A Garden welcomes groups of all sizes to volunteer in the garden. We generally accept groups up to a maximum of 30 people for 2-5 hours. To inquire about booking a group volunteer session, please read over our Group Volunteer Guidelines.

PROJECT INVOLVEMENT:

Have a great idea or special project you would like to see at the garden?  Your ideas shape the garden!  In the past these have included  bees, composting, and butterflies.  Let us know your ideas and we can work together.  Our project’s success is a reflection of the community support we receive from you whether you’re a neighbour, community member, project partner, or funder. We believe that the sustainable partnerships and the shared values we work from are the cornerstones to our garden and the community it has built.

VOLUNTEER FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Also, check out our Facebook Page, become a fan, and post your ideas!

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK:

“Ahhhh- the joy of gardening especially with such a fun, dedicated, imaginative and hard working team at TWIAG. What could be better than harvesting the crops at 8 o’clock on a beautiful summer morning, rain or shine, knowing that all of our combined efforts to make the Garden as productive as it can be, will result in such culinary delight for all of us to enjoy. I am truely a Happy Weeder for the Garden and relish my time amongst the bees, the poppies, the vast variety of vegetables and herbs and yes, the ever present dandelions as well. The Garden is a little haven amongst the houses so do get involved, it’s great fun.”

– Carole, All-Star Volunteer, 2012

“I am glad to have worked in the garden with Alicia Baddorf for “The World In A Garden”. I have never previously farmed, since I grew up in a city, where agricultural lands are not available. I was delighted when I harvested squash, cucumbers and beets, only to find out I was allowed to bring some  home! I find the concept of inputting an agricultural land in an urban area very creative and I hope this idea can be spread out to other urban cities as well.”

– UBC Land & Food Systems Student, 2011

“Beyond the fun you have while taking care of many kinds of vegetables, harvesting is a very rewarding experience as well. Many times you feel like you’re their mother, and feel proud and happy that they’re growing well under your care. On top of that, it feels great to realize that your neighbors will enjoy these delightful vegetables that are locally grown and that some of them go to food bank to help people construct a healthy diet. I’ve been volunteering with TWIAG for no more than two weeks now! I’m super excited for I’m sure these great feelings will even get stronger as I stick around and I look forward to volunteering for more weeks, months to come!” – Esther, Harvest Team, August 2011

“I take pride in the garden when I walk by it or ride my bike, it feels good to
know that we are creating something helpful for the environment and for others.
I also really value that we share our produce with community agencies – this
fits with what I believe in.” – Mary, Community Gardener, June 2010

“Last weekend I volunteered at the JFSA Garden and it was such a great experience!  I’ve never really gardened before however, all of the volunteers there were really welcoming and helpful. The Garden was growing beautifully and I would certainly spend a day out there again!” – Jen Goldberg, garden volunteer, June 2010

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Daniel Siegel on June 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Dear Representative,

    I coordinate special projects and programs at a local high school and would like to know if there is a way we can engage our students in this program.

    Thank you,

    Daniel Siegel

    Reply

    • Hi Mr. Daniel Siegel,
      Thanks very much for your inquiry. Engaging students in the garden is one of our greatest priorities. We look forward to partnering with you and KDHS in the near future! Please know I have sent you a more detailed response by email.
      Regards,
      The World In A Garden

      Reply

  2. Posted by lindsay hawke on March 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Is there anything like this in Ontario?Looks really interesting! I know Vancouver is a little ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability and watching out for our Mother earth…Please..we need to spread the word to the rest of the world!

    Reply

  3. Posted by Stephanie on June 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I will be bringing a group of teens to the Vancouver area on July 13th and we are looking for a way to give back to the community. Do you have any opportunities available for 22 people on that day?

    Reply

  4. Posted by Alli on March 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hello,

    I am currently a second-year agroecology student at the University of British Columbia. I am very interested in how to incorporate agriculture into smaller settings around the world and would love to volunteer for you as part of my school program. Is there any chance that you have any opportunities in this month (March) or in April?

    Please get back to me to arrange something if possible!

    Thank you,
    Alli

    Reply

    • Posted by Barbara Lelj on August 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Hi to all!

      I am the Chair of the board of my daughter daycare in East Vancouver. It’s a small daycare associated with Britannia Community center, we run on a small budget and keep fees low to include low income families.
      Just outside we have a garden that could have lots of potential. there are several berry plants, sage and other thriving herbs… but it’s been un-kept for a very long time! We would love to have someone help us to bring it back to his former glory so we can use it for the kids from the daycare and the out of school care. That means help from a planning as well as gardening perspective.
      Do you partner with schools in the school location? And to Alli: do you know if there is a way to “post” a volunteering opportunity to UBC students in your program or similar programs?
      Thank you for any help!

      Regards,
      Barbara
      blelj@hotmail.com

      Reply

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