How do I volunteer with Harlem Grown? When and where are the Harlem Grown volunteer days?
Simply come to our farm during our regular farm hours! No pre-registration required. Our regular farm hours are Saturdays, 10-3pm between the months of April and November, at our main farm on 118 West 134th Street, between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. The closest subway stop is the 2/3 at 135 Street. We have a community yoga class from 10-11am and farm work begins after. All volunteers are required to bring a signed waiver. Click the link to view.
Does Harlem Grown accept food scraps (compost)?
Yes! We encourage all community members to engage in at-home composting if and when possible. Our 134th street farm (118 W 134th street) is a year-round 24/7 drop-off site — look for the blue bin in the entrance area of our farm. Our 127th street farm (77 W 127th street) accepts compost drop-off M-Sat, 9am-5pm — look for the yellow newspaper-style bin out front.
I’m planning to drive to the farm. Where can I park?
We have some street parking in front of our garden space, on 134 Street. Not much, but it is a bit better than other streets in Harlem.
For garage parking, these are the closest by locations:
Little Man Parking -- 300 W 135th St, New York, NY 10030
VFC Parking -- 161 W 132nd St, New York, NY 10027
What should I wear or bring to the farm?
Please plan to get dirty -- wear pants, closed toed shoes, sun protection and filled reusable water bottles. If you have your own gardening gloves and gear, feel free to bring them!
Can I bring my friends and family to volunteer?
Yes! Please bring your friends and family. If possible, have each sign a waiver ahead of time. However, if your group is larger than 6, please submit a non-corporate group volunteer inquiry through our website, and we will reach out to schedule a group volunteer day.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
We encourage parents to bring their children to experience our farm, however, for safety reasons, the minimum age requirement to volunteer is 7 years old. Younger children are allowed on our farms and enjoy the space but they must be supervised by an adult and will not be permitted to do farm work. Adults will need to sign a waiver on behalf of minors.
I’ve volunteered at Harlem Grown before. Do I need to sign a new waiver?
First, thank you for continued commitment! We cannot do what we do without volunteers like you! Our waivers cover the calendar year, so if you signed a waiver this year, you are good to go!
I want to volunteer but I’m unable to commit to the full day. Can I leave my shift early?
Yes! If you are a drop in volunteer on Saturdays, you may leave at any time.
I want to volunteer my professional skills. Is this possible?
We are so happy that you want to contribute your time and professional skills! Please contact our Volunteer and Development Coordinator, Erika Scelfo (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if we have a project to match your skills.
I was looking forward to volunteering but it looks like the weather will be very bad. Will the farm be closed?
Our farm is generally open during regular hours, rain or shine! Please check our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages if you’re unsure as cancellations will be posted through social media. Our regular farm hours are Saturdays, 10-3pm. We host a community yoga class from 10-11am and farm work begins after.
I’m not available to volunteer on Saturday. Can I volunteer any other day?
Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to provide drop-in volunteer opportunities outside of our scheduled times due to our educational programming.
What should I expect the day of volunteering?
Expect to get dirty! We will have various farm tasks such as weeding, watering, composting and cleaning. Projects like building, painting, harvesting and planting are seasonal.
Do I need special skills or qualifications to volunteer?
No special skills or qualifications are necessary! If you’ve had gardening experience, it’s a plus. Our farm work is physical and can require lifting up to 5lbs, carrying compost or lumber, shoveling, and/or bending or kneeling to weed in the gardens. If you have special requirements, please inform us ahead of time so we can arrange accommodations.
I love the work you guys do at Harlem Grown. Do you accept individual donations?
YES! We absolutely welcome your support to continue our FREE youth programming and to help cover costs associated with maintaining our farms. You can make an individual or monthly contribution online through our partners, Crowdrise (link). Harlem Grown is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.