We are very proud of the time our volunteers have generously donated to us over the years. Until 2012, we were 100% volunteer-based, so when we say, “our volunteers have made us what we are today,” we mean it. Our volunteers help Apple Seeds create a healthier, happier Northwest Arkansas by providing students with fun instruction that encourages healthy eating habits and opportunities to be mentored by a positive role model.
We always welcome new volunteers to the Apple Seeds family. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities and guidance on selecting the best fit. Please let us know how you want to help. Contact Brett Williams at brett@appleseedsnwa.org for more information.
Program Volunteer
This is an easy and fun way to get involved. Ideal for community members who want to volunteer a few hours at a time and who love the idea of helping students during one of our programs on the Teaching Farm. Programs are typically hosted on weekday mornings. No skills required – just a desire to help young students and get a little dirty! Training will be provided.
Garden Volunteer
This is a great way to get involved and get your hands dirty! Ideal for community members who want to to spend a few hours with our farm team on the Teaching Farm. Volunteer hours are daytime during the week. Possible activities include seasonal landscape work (pruning, clean-up, mulching, etc) planting, weeding, and care of trees. No experience required but gardening experience is a plus. It’s a physical job so expect to move, stand and bend — all good things for your body!
Corporate Groups
Apple Seeds invites local organizations, churches and businesses to donate their time at the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm or at a local school garden. Potential projects include gardening, farm preparation, site beautification and light construction. No better way to spend some time than outside in the dirt!
Open Garden Hours
Apple Seeds hosts open garden hours every Saturday from 9am-12noon from March through October. Ideal for groups who want to get outside and do good together. Families, scout groups, church groups and student clubs are invited to join us on Saturday mornings.
Skilled Labor Groups
We’re always looking for skilled labor to lend a hand at the Teaching Farm! Projects often require construction and design skills. If you've got the skills, we've got the project!
Apple Seeds offers a variety of internships to university students. Specific opportunities will be listed on this site as they arise. Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis, and internships will be posted until filled. Training will be provided.
Farm Lab Internship. Farm Lab is a curriculum-based field trip focused on reconnecting students with where their food comes from. Typically held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11AM at the Teaching Farm. Spring 2017 and Fall 2017.
Farm to Table Internship. Farm to Table is a 2-hour cooking class that provides students with the skills and the inspiration to cook healthy food. Typically held on weekday mornings at the Teaching Farm. Spring 2017 and Fall 2017.
Summer Camp Internship. Summer camp sessions provide young students with the skills and the inspiration to cook healthy food. Summer 2017.
For more information about these volunteer opportunities, contact brett@appleseedsnwa.org.
“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.“  - Marie Curie
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