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Volunteer with Us

Give back to your community, support a healthy food system, and gain valuable skills by volunteering with CUESA. Volunteers are vital members of our team who perform a wide range of duties such as assisting customers at our farmers markets, supporting chef demos, teaching kids to cook, and helping out behind the scenes at the CUESA office. Make new friends and get hands-on culinary, event, and nonprofit experience by volunteering your time and talents with CUESA.

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Individual Volunteering

If you are interested in becoming a CUESA volunteer, please read through our volunteer handbook and fill out our online application:

Download the Volunteer Handbook (PDF) »

Complete the online Volunteer Application (Web) »

Volunteer Orientation

We require that all volunteers attend an orientation, which is held every three to five months. Our next online volunteer orientation is scheduled on Wednesday, July 29, 6 - 7 pm. Please RSVP for the orientation at Eventbrite here, and complete our online application before attending the orientation and starting your volunteer service.

Have questions? Please contact Cindy Mendoza:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415.291.3276 x 103

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are brief descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities available at CUESA. For more details, download our Volunteer HandbookRead more about the volunteer experience, and meet some of our dedicated and passionate volunteers.

Farmers Market

  • Information Booth Volunteer: Assist farmers market shoppers, answer questions, and promote programs and events.
  • Produce Box Volunteer: Help pack and distribute farmers market produce boxes.
  • Handwashing Volunteer: Assist with maintenance of handwashing stations at the farmers market.
  • Culinary Programs Volunteer: Help support and facilitate farmers market-based culinary programs.
  • Food Access & Outreach Volunteer: Raise awareness about CalFresh and promote budget-friendly eating within the farmers market.


  • Foodwise Kids Volunteer: Support and facilitate farmers market field trips and cooking classes for kids. 
  • Education Programs Volunteer: Assist in preparation, promotion, and management of formal education programs.

Events and Outreach

  • Events Volunteer: Assist with preparation, promotion, and execution of fundraising events.
  • Outreach Volunteer: Represent and engage the public in CUESA’s mission at fairs and festivals.
  • Communications Volunteer: Assist in the promotion of farmers markets and education programs. Special skills include writing, photography, or graphic design.


  • Database Management Volunteer: Assist with data entry and database management.

Group Volunteering and Corporate Team Building

Enjoy a curated team-building experience that supports employee retention, fosters health and wellness, and puts your corporate social responsibility goals in action. CUESA coordinates volunteer activities for groups of 10 to 20. Participants enjoy an experience that builds community within their team, deepens understanding of sustainable food systems, and ends by sharing fresh and delicious food from the farmers market. In a single shift, you’ll be helping to feed and educate hun­dreds of people in our city!

Learn more about group and corporate team-building volunteer opportunities »



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