Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden!

Saturday Morning Work Parties

From now through October 2021, volunteer work parties will take place from 9am—12pm at the UCSC Farm on the third Saturday of each month and the Alan Chadwick Garden on the fourth Saturday of each month. See more infomation and dates below.

Please sign up for work parties using this form so we will know thow many volunteers to expect, or contact us at casfs@ucsc.edu or 831-459-3240.

We also welcome volunteers weekday mornings 9am—12pm at the Farm. For more information and scheduling, email casfs@ucsc.edu. All volunteers will need to fill out volunteer forms and Covid-19 symptom forms (see forms below or plan to fill them out on site).

UCSC Farm Saturday volunteer work parties

Saturday, August 21st, September 18th, October 16th, 9am—12pm

Volunteers can join Farm Garden Manager Christof Bernau and other staff for weeding and planting. Sign in at the Farm’s Louise Cain Gatehouse starting at 8:45am. Best free weekend parking is at Campus Facilities lot #116 or #115. See map for parking, Gatehouse, and location of “Veggie Shed” at Farm’s main garden where work will start.

Chadwick Garden Saturday volunteer work parties

Saturday, August 28th, September 25th, October 23rd, 9am—12pm

Join Garden Manager Orin Martin for weeding, mulching, and planting in the Garden. Free weekend parking is at Merrill College (map and directions). Walk down driveway to gate closest to Chalet to sign in starting at 8:45am.


Important Information for Volunteers

The following tasks must be completed by volunteers before coming to the Farm or Garden:

  1. Please let us know to expect you at the Farm or Chadwick Garden. Sign up for Saturday morning work parties using this form, or contact us at casfs@ucsc.edu or 831-459-3240 to let us know you would like to volunteer at a work party or during the week (volunteer hours are 9am—12pm).
  2. Complete and submit the COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire before coming to campus. The questionnaire will require the contact information of a staff person. Please enter hharris2@ucsc.edu. If someone arrives on campus and has not submitted the daily symptoms check, they MUST isolate, complete and submit the form BEFORE beginning work. 
  3. Complete and submit the campus Volunteer Form with an end date of December 31, 2021.
  4. Complete and submit a Workers' Compensation form. The recommended form for all UCSC volunteers is the Volunteer Waiver and Election of Workers’ Compensation Coverage; the volunteer is both electing workers' compensation and waiving other remedies. A volunteer who does not want to accept workers’ compensation coverage must sign the General Use Waiver instead. Submit these completed forms to Heidi Harris, Volunteer Coordinator: hharris2@ucsc.edu. 
If you do not have access to a computer, please let us know so we can have these items completed in advance of arriving on campus.

Parking Instructions

Parking lots #115 and #116 (south campus near the Farm and Hay Barn), #119 (near Chadwick Garden/Merril College) and #168 (near back gate entrance to Farm/The Village) are all free on weekends, and require permits from 7am-5pm on weekdays. Here is a map of campus parking lots and information on parking permit requirements.

If you are coming to campus during the time where a parking permit is required, or you are not sure if a parking permit is needed, please email Heidi Harris at hharris2@ucsc.edu for assistance. You may also contact the CASFS Program Assistant Vanessa Ackermann at vschlege@uscsc.edu or 831/459-3240 for questions.

Volunteer Resources

The following resources contain helpful information on working at the Farm and Garden and with CASFS.

Thank you and have a good time on the Farm and Garden!