Join our volunteer team!

Hudson Valley Seed has volunteer opportunities to fit every skill set. By lending your time and your hands, you can help make garden education a reality for public school students across the Hudson Valley. Our opportunities include watering school gardens in the summer, helping students vote in monthly taste tests in school cafeterias, designing posters about vegetables, expanding our community support network through database entry, staffing events, and photographing students during garden time. Check below for our open volunteer opportunities, and if you have a skill set you would like to share that is not listed, email omari@hudsonvalleyseed.org and we will see if there is an opportunity that utilizes your specific talent.

Spring garden work days: 

Help us celebrate spring and kick off the growing season! Volunteer to help your school garden grow. We will complete various garden jobs such as removing mulch, building trellises, planting seeds, and more. Bring the family and join us for a fun day in the garden!

After School 3:00-5:00 pm at:

  • Garrison - Thur, April 26
  • Glenham (Beacon) - Tues, May 1
  • Vails Gate (Newburgh) - Tues May 1
  • South Ave (Beacon) - Wed, May 2
  • JVF (Beacon) - Thur, May 3
  • Sargent (Beacon) - TBD
  • Horizons (Newburgh) - Tues May 8
  • GAMS (Newburgh) - Wed May 9
  • Temple Hill (Newburgh) - Thurs May 10 (1-3 pm)
  • and in early May, building a whole new garden at JFK Elementary School in Kingston! Stay tuned for details.

Watering:

Help our school gardens grow! The plants need water and we need you!

Please sign up here for a weekend of watering. Choose your school (or any one of the schools), add your name to the sign-up sheet, and then make sure the garden gets watered on your chosen weekend. You can decide to water either Saturday or Sunday. No need to if it's a rainy weekend.

Time commitment: about 30-50 minutes. Please contact Nicole with any questions at Nicole@hudsonvalleyseed.org. Signup sheets will be online in March - Check back then! The kids, the plants, the soil, and all the garden inhabitants thank you!

Veggie Taste Tests:

After learning all about the veggie of the month, every student in participating schools gets to taste the vegetable and vote on whether they like it. Volunteers will come to the school cafeteria, help pass out veggie samples, and help students vote.

Time commitment: 2 hrs, 11 am - 1 pm on a weekday. Contact nicole@hudsonvalleyseed.org if you are interested.

Gardening:

While our educators and students do much of the work, we can always use help weeding, painting garden signs, planting, harvesting and more. Gardening is a community effort! Come to garden work days and open garden time to help us to maintain our bountiful gardens. You may get to take home fresh veggies!

Time commitment: Based on your availability! Email nicole@hudsonvalleyseed.org if you are interested in a recurring garden role.

Veggie Posters:

Help us make the vegetable of the month program fun and engaging for students by making a beautiful poster that will be displayed in the cafeteria of one of our schools. You can make a poster for a single vegetable, or sign up to make all ten for one school.

Time commitment: However long it takes you to make a poster! Contact nicole@hudsonvalleyseed.org if you are interested.

Community events:

We provide educational activities for children at established community events like Beacon Sloop Club food festivals, and we also host events of our own. We are looking for folks interested in helping to run table activities at large community events, and to assist us with organizing unique events.

Time commitment: 3-5 hours. Contact omari@hudsonvalleyseed.org if you are interested.

Office Work:

We have a large volume of information that we could use help entering into databases, and need occasional help with mailings, writing, research, and other computer-based work.

Time commitment: 3 hours, in our office, any weekday. Contact air@hudsonvalleyseed.org if you are interested.

THANK YOU to everyone who helps make Hudson Valley Seed possible!