At the Edible Schoolyard Project, we love and celebrate the extraordinary generosity of our community. Our community members enable our programs to thrive and grow by giving gifts of time, money, expertise, care, and enthusiasm.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED 

We'd love you to join us! This page details how to visitor or volunteer.  


1. Visit Us in California 

We welcome all visitors to our Edible Schoolyard Berkeley program. Our garden is open to the public on weekends and outside school hours (after 6:00 pm) on weekdays.

We also conduct public tours, private tours, corporate volunteer days, and press visits.

TOURS, VOLUNTEER DAYS & PRESS VISITS
FREE MONTHLY PUBLIC TOURS

On the first Thursday of each month during the school year, we offer a free tour of the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley.

Public tours begin promptly at 9:00 am, last about two hours, and are a terrific opportunity to see our program in action.

Guests must register ahead of time. Select a date from the list below to register for an upcoming tour. 

2017-2018 PUBLIC TOUR SCHEDULE 

Public Tours do not occur during the months of June, July, August, and September.

PRIVATE TOURS

While we hope that the public tour meets the needs of most visitors, we do consider requests for private tours. We give preference to visits from educational organizations.  

Private tours are typically 90 minutes and cover the overview, history, curriculum development, and current practices of the Edible Schoolyard Project, as well as class observations when appropriate. These tours provide an opportunity for a specialized focus and more Q & A time between guests and the tour lead. 

We ask that all private tour groups pay what they can, and suggest donations of $10 - $100 per person. The Edible Schoolyard Project is committed to providing support and ideas to educational organizations and groups. Your donation supports staff time and resources to ensure we can share our work with you and other organizations working to uplift the ideas of edible education.

  • We do not accommodate private tours on weekends, our operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. 
  • Please submit your request at least 3 weeks prior to your proposed date to ensure proper stuff coverage and availability. 

 

REQUEST A TOUR 

PRESS VISITS

The Edible Schoolyard Project’s communications team schedules all press and media visits. Please note that photographs, video, and interviews of students are prohibited without proper authorization. Please submit a request online through our contact form with the following information:

  • Background information on the publication
  • The focus of your piece
  • Whether you seek an interview, photographs, or video

 

CONTACT US

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS

We offer customized training sessions and professional development days throughout the school year. We encourage organizations, schools, and businesses interested in hands-on edible education to get in touch. 

More details are outlined on our Trainings page. 

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2. Volunteer at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley 

Volunteers are integral to the success of our program, enriching and enlivening our daily work. Our volunteers ensure that all students have the opportunity to connect with an adult and demonstrate to our students the caring and commitment of their larger community.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS

Classroom volunteers at the Edible Schoolyard provide vital assistance in helping classes run smoothly and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to connect with an adult. Additionally, before or after each class volunteers aid Edible Schoolyard staff in the daily tasks of maintaining a school kitchen and one-acre organic garden.

We require that all classroom volunteers attend one volunteer training session, and participate in one regularly-scheduled garden or kitchen class throughout the semester, for a total commitment of two hours each week.

We place our classroom volunteers once at the beginning of the Fall Semester, and once at the beginning of the Spring Semester. If you are signing up to volunteer after the start of a new semester, you will be placed on our volunteer waitlist until the beginning of the next semester.

Please attend a New Volunteer Orientation with the Berkeley Public Schools Fund before contacting us to volunteer. 

INDEPENDENT WORK & GARDEN MAINTENANCE

The Edible Schoolyard always welcomes volunteers to help with independent garden work and maintenance of our one-acre organic garden.

Infrastructure experts work independently to maintain important parts of the Edible Schoolyard garden and should expect to spend at least one hour per week maintaining their designated area of the garden for an entire semester.

If you are unable to commit weekly but are typically available during school hours, we can still use your help! 

Even though our garden maintenance volunteers do not work directly with students, we require all volunteers to be cleared by the Berkeley Public Schools Fund before joining us in the garden.   Please attend a New Volunteer Orientation with the Berkeley Public Schools Fund before contacting us to volunteer. 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE DAYS FOR COMPANIES

The Edible Schoolyard facilitates volunteer work days for corporate teams of up to 25 people. These half-day long experiences include a private tour of the Edible Schoolyard, garden and kitchen centered team-building activities, and meaningful volunteer work in our one-acre organic garden.

We encourage corporate teams to donate what they can; in addition to the valuable labor of their teams, we request a minimum financial contribution of $1,500.

 To schedule a volunteer work day please fill out our private visit request form.

GET IN TOUCH 

ELIGIBILITY 

All of our Edible Schoolyard Berkeley volunteers must be certified to work with public school children before beginning their commitment. Before volunteering at the Edible Schoolyard, you must attend a New Volunteer Orientation with the Berkeley Public Schools Fund to become certified.