11Each year, Real Food Rising relies on hundreds of volunteers to help us grow thousands of pounds of food for the Salt Lake community. Volunteers range from students in service learning classes to companies interested in team-building opportunities to church groups interested in giving back to their community. No farming experience is necessary, just a willingness to work hard, participate in activities, and get dirty!


On the Farm

During workdays, volunteers learn about Real Food Rising and work in the fields planting, harvesting, weeding, preparing beds, and making compost. Workdays take place on weekday and Saturday mornings from 9:30-noon in the spring (March-June) and fall (Aug-Oct). Saturday volunteer days are led by youth crew workers in our Academic Year Programs. Please bring a water bottle, wear close-toed shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather. You may want to bring a snack as well.

To volunteer as an individual: Visit our Volunteer Spot to view upcoming workdays and sign up.

To coordinate a workday for your group (10+):

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For Events

We rely on volunteers to help us with our annual Fall Celebration Fundraiser in both the planning of the event, the night of, and to set up and take down before and after the event. We start planning in April; the event is typically in September. If you are interested in helping us plan this important event in 2016, email Erin Olschewski at eolschewski@slcap.org .


In the Office

We could use some help in the office for a few hours each week to help us with projects like social media posts, editing and organizing photographs, reviewing program applications (in the spring), and data management (updating partner/volunteer/youth contact information).

Interested? If you can commit to at least 2 hours per week for at least 8 weeks, email Erin Olschewski at eolschewski@slcap.org .


As a University Intern

We are looking for university interns for 2016 (preferably masters students) to help us with the following projects:

  • Farm stand marketing and sales plan, including assisting with flyer distribution (winter 2016)
  • Farm stand assessment and evaluation including community focus groups and surveys (winter 2016)
  • Analyzing pre- and post- youth surveys to determine most significant youth outcomes, as well as program strengths and areas of improvement (winter/spring 2016)
  • Assistance with longitudinal evaluation of our youth programs and data analysis

(anytime in 2016)

To get involved, contact Krystal Rogers-Nelson at 801-214-3231 or krogers-nelson@slcap.org.


SLC FruitShare

SLC FruitShare is another great volunteering opportunity. We partner with Green Urban Lunch Box to coordinate volunteers that harvest surplus fruit from homeowners’ fruit trees around Salt Lake Valley. The harvest is split between homeowner, food pantries, and you, the volunteer! If you’re interested in volunteering or registering a fruit tree, please click the link below.


Volunteer for FruitShare