Group Volunteer Opportunities | CUESA

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Group Volunteer Opportunities

When you volunteer with CUESA, you get hands-on experience that engages all your senses in learning about and creating a healthier food system. Whether you are spreading fresh soil at a school garden or harvesting crops for a local food bank, you will have a direct experience in expanding access to fresh food in our community.

CUESA coordinates volunteer activities for groups of 10-20. Participants enjoy an experience that builds community within their team, deepens understanding of sustainable food systems, and ends by sharing a delicious meal. In a single shift, you’ll be helping to feed and educate hun­dreds of people in our city. Based on the time of year, needs of your group, and availability to volunteer on weekdays or weekends, groups may participate in one of two activities.

School Garden Cleanup

Groups of 10-20 help with maintenance or building projects at one of the San Francisco public high schools that participates in CUESA’s Schoolyard to Market program. Current schools are located in the Mission and Glen Park neighborhood. Tour the gardens, visit the bees, then roll up your sleeves and grab a shovel to make the garden ready for the next semester of students.

Farm Gleaning for Food Banks

During harvest seasons, groups of 10-20 visit a local farm to learn about their unique operation, tour the grounds, and to glean produce which is then donated to local food banks. Operated by the San Francisco Zen Center, helping harvest at this beautiful location becomes an act of meditation and giving back.

For all activities, three to four hours of work will include market snacks. CUESA requests 30 days notice to coordinate your group volunteer activity and will assess a nominal administrative fee.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Mendoza at or (415) 291-3276 to learn more. We look forward to working with you and your group to learn more about your local food system!



CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »