We offer a range of fun, hands-on volunteer opportunities to suit your interests and your schedule.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering

As an Edible Schoolyard NYC volunteer, you’ll join our citywide community of urban gardeners and food educators, helping to grow the next generation of healthy kids. Inquiries are always welcome, but please note that volunteer opportunities are limited. All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application.

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“The moral of the story is that we need to work together to get things accomplished.”

— Fifth grader at P.S. 7


Volunteerships are semester-long programs. You’ll assist in the kitchen or garden one or two weekdays per week, during the school day, for three to five months during the fall or spring semester. Garden volunteers are also needed for summer term. All volunteers are required to undergo a one-time, fingerprinted background check to be eligible to work at a public school.

Kitchen Volunteers

As a kitchen volunteer, you’ll work with Edible Schoolyard NYC teachers to create a fun, familiar kitchen environment, helping with food prep, setup, and cleanup. You’ll also serve as an important role model for our students, demonstrating safe and respectful ways to interact in the kitchen.

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Garden Volunteers

As a garden volunteer, you’ll assist Edible Schoolyard NYC staff in garden maintenance. Get ready to get your hands dirty, working rain or shine to develop and share urban organic gardening skills. All levels of gardeners are welcome!

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Weekend Volunteer Days

Edible Schoolyard NYC hosts occasional weekend volunteer days. Keep up with the latest opportunities by signing on for our newsletter at the bottom of this page or check out our upcoming events.

Corporate Work Days

Looking to become a good corporate citizen? Edible Schoolyard NYC hosts corporate work days so that companies can give back to their communities. To inquire about a corporate work day, please contact us.

Other ways to get involved

If you’re interested in offering administrative, fundraising, media, or communications support to Edible Schoolyard NYC, we’re interested in hearing about it. Please contact us.