Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with VCGN is an excellent way to get involved with local community and school gardens, build skills, and meet new people. We offer volunteer opportunities with our garden projects and maintenance, outreach, office tasks and community events. All opportunities are eligible for City Market member worker hours. Scroll down for garden-related volunteer opportunities with other organizations.

To sign up as a VCGN volunteer, please email volunteer@vcgn.org. It is helpful if you include some information about your interests and if there is an upcoming event or activity that particularly interests you. Will contact you for some more information, then you will be added to our regular volunteer list and receive monthly emails with upcoming opportunities. To learn more about VCGN’s volunteer policies, check out the Volunteer Handbook. If you have any questions, contact us at (802) 861-4769 or volunteer@vcgn.org.

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A HUGE Thank-You to Our Volunteers!

We believe in the power of people growing food (and volunteering) together to strengthen food security and build community!

VCGN volunteers play an important role in our work to support and strengthening the statewide network of hundreds of community and school gardens. These sites nourish and connect tens of thousands of people of all ages. In addition to helping at events and in the office, volunteers support our garden education sites, helping children and adults experience the magic of starting seeds, growing, preparing and sharing good food, helping build new gardens, and enhancing existing ones.

We owe much of our success to our 250+ active volunteers, who contribute more than 1,200 hours each year!  We are also grateful to be a City Market Community Outreach Partner, with its member worker program, which sent many volunteers our way.

Here’s a sampling of volunteer supported events and activities:

  • Annual Burlington Seed Swap and Potluck
  • Brick Church Concert Series benefit concert
  • Vermont Home & Garden Show
  • Seed starting at Gardener’s Supply open house events
  • Day in the Dirt!
  • Burlap Bag Sale at ONE Plant Sale
  • CSWD Compost Jam
  • CVOEO Garden Day
  • Sweet Potato sale at Red Wagon Plants
  • Garden Harvest Party at Winooski Valley Park District’s Ethan Allen Homestead
  • City Market’s Harvest Celebration
  • Halloween at the Homestead

In the office:

  • Keeping our online calendar up-to-date, various data entry and organizing projects
  • Seeds For Gardens packing and mailing
  • Fundraising Appeal mailing & data entry
  • Postering for events

In the gardens:

  • Garden Building and Work Days
  • 12-22 North Street garden maintenance and clean ups
  • Helping build new raised beds
  • Community Teaching Gardens maintenance and clean-ups

 Current Opportunities

In the Office…..

Office Help

We often have needs for help around the office, assisting with data entry, flyering around town, helping with mailings, and lots of other fun projects. If you’d like to be put on our on-call list, get in touch.


Indoor Plant Specialist

Date: Ongoing
Location: 12 North Street
# People Needed: 1-2
Time: variable depending on level of involvement
Description: This is a perfect opportunity for someone who loves indoor plants and doesn’t have enough room at home to do all you want to do with them. VCGN is in charge of sprucing up the lobby and conference room of our building with plants. This job includes the opportunity to suggest and implement design ideas and plants for the space, including indoor edibles, vertical gardening, and more. Volunteer with a friend and share the creativity and the commitment! This is an ideal project for someone looking for regular City Market member worker hours.
Skills Needed: Indoor plant expertise and enthusiasm, ability to commit to a weekly plant maintenance schedule, able to work independently.
Contact: Jess, jess@vcgn.org, 861-4769