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Volunteer on the Farm with Real Food Rising

Want to join the cause and help Real Food Rising by digging your hands in the soil, planting, weeding, and harvesting organically grown produce that we will donate to hunger relief?    No experience necessary.  The only things you need are a willingness to work hard and get dirty (as well as a water bottle and closed toed shoes!).


We will be prepping the soil, planting seeds, and finishing the process that we started in the fall of making in-ground beds and digging out the paths.  For that project, we are looking for some folks who are psyched to work hard and potentially bring out some other friends who want to do some physically challenging work. Email Liz if you are interested in coming out to help with that or to bring a group out.   For people who are excited to help with the more normal hard work of prepping the soil and planting, email Liz if you’re not already on our volunteer list, and stay tuned for our first call for volunteers. 

See our list of volunteer days and sign up at VolunteerSpot.

We also offer Company Team Building Volunteer Days.  Come share a day on our farms with your fellow employees by helping to grow food that goes to people in need.

Day of Caring 2013 with Mariott Staff

Day of Caring 2013 with Mariott Staff

Email Liz for more information about all of these opportunities and we will add you to our email list.   The times when we need volunteers the most are early April through mid June and from mid-August through the end of October – to plant, harvest, and do some maintenance.   We don’t have many volunteer opportunities between mid-June and mid-August because we are focused on our Summer Youth Program.

Volunteer to Harvest Fruit with Real Food Rising

DSC02858As one of the community partners involved in SLC FruitShare, which is headed up by the city, Real Food Rising leads groups of volunteers to harvest what would otherwise go to waste because people either don’t know what to do with the fruit, don’t like the fruit, or don’t have time to deal with the fruit.  Volunteers get to take home fruit and we donate much of it to food pantries.  Fruit harvests will begin in July and continue through October.  If you are interested in harvesting fruit with us, email Liz.  If you have a tree that you would like to be picked, register it on the city’s website (even if you live outside of the SLCity).  For more information or if you’d like to attend a reduced-rate workshop about pruning or thinning, visit our SLC FruitShare page.


Field Trips

Getting young people out to the land and educating them about sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and nature is essential to our work.  We want all these things to be accessible to everyone, not just the teenagers that work with us.  We lead educational field trip on our land in the spring, summer, and fall.  Email Liz for more information.


Community Lunches

Photo by: Michael Tallman

During the Summer Youth Programs, a group of Real Food Rising crew workers team up with a local chef in the Salt Lake area to prepare a seasonal feast that features farm fresh produce from the RFR farm sites! After a morning spent cooking in that chefs’s restaurant or commercial kitchen, the chef and RFR youth interns serve their meal to members of the community back on the farm.

It’s a transformative experience for both youth and guests: Youth show off their farming, cooking, and public speaking skills while working with great chefs who do a lot for the community, while guests learn more about where food comes from and how Real Food Rising affects the lives of youth through food.

Over the years, our wonderful Community Lunch chefs were Jen Gilroy from Meditrina, Mike Showers from Nicholas and Company, and Bo Schiers and Shane Baird from Squatters.


Summer Crew Leader Positions

(these positions usually open up in February or March)

Exciting summer job opportunity to work with youth on our organic urban farm!

Apply now to lead high schoolers through farm work, workshops and activities during the summer and fall.  

Real Food Rising has forged a relationship with  the University of Utah for our summer and fall crew leader positions. Students can apply for the position through the Bennion Center at the U.  This is possible through a partnership with the Utah Campus Compact & AmeriCorps programs in which students receive an education award at the end of their internship.

Additionally, students involved with Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the U, can satisfy their required internship by serving as a Crew Leader with Real Food Rising for the summer.

There are separate Position Descriptions for the AmeriCorps UCC position and the ENVST Internship position, although the application process is the same for both.

Front and Center: Jamie Resnick & Tobias Koch
2013 College Crew Leaders


See the complete AmeriCorps UCC position description here.

See the complete Environmental and Sustainability Studies Internship position description here.

Download the application here.

Questions? Email Sara or call 801-328-2561 and ask for Real Food Rising.


Support our Work

Real Food Rising is not possible without the help of funders (both foundations and individuals).  Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Real Food Rising to allow us to continue doing our work and to expand in next year.  Click HERE to see our wish list.

Make a tax deductible donation to Real Food Rising here.

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