~Large groups currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.~
Groups of 5-15* volunteers help build resiliency and increase access to healthy produce at Marra Farm.
About Marra Farm
Located in the Duwamish River Valley, Marra Farm comprises 8.7 acres of preserved farmland in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood – home to both ethnically diverse immigrant communities and a high concentration of commercial industry. Solid Ground is one of many community partners who steward the land. We operate a Giving Garden to grow food and create educational opportunities for the community.
Urban Farm Work Party
Work at Marra Farm Giving Garden (South Park) with your coworkers, friends, or school. You’ll learn about how food is grown, food security, organic farming, and food justice by working at the farm. Tasks vary based on the day and season, but you may help prepare soil and garden beds, plant vegetable starts and seeds, maintain crops, weed, compost, irrigate, harvest, wash produce, and/or distribute it to the local food bank.
Volunteering at Solid Ground’s Giving Garden means that you are contributing to increased food security and healthy eating by helping grow fresh produce for, and with, families in the South Park neighborhood. Moreover, by learning about farming and food security, you are helping to create a new generation of citizens engaged in growing their own food and supporting small-scale farmers. Many of our volunteers start with limited or no gardening knowledge and learn as they go, so we welcome you with whatever level of gardening skills and knowledge you bring. Families welcome!
Hours & Group Size*
- Hours: Tuesdays & Fridays 9am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm.
- Currently, 15 is the maximum number of people who can safely volunteer simultaneously at Marra Farm. (During normal times, we can schedule groups up to 50.)
Volunteers will be oriented to the farm site at the beginning of the day. No experience necessary – our staff will train you on any gardening activity you will do.
What to Bring*
Please bring a water bottle, lunch/snacks, and clothes and shoes for working outside in all weather: raincoat, warm socks, sturdy shoes, sunhat, etc.
*Special safety considerations for COVID-19*
- We recommend bringing your own gardening gloves if you have them. Otherwise you’re welcome to use ours and they will be laundered in between use.
- All common touch points as well as tools are being either sprayed with a bleach solution or washed with soap and water at least once per day.
- No more than 15 people will be allowed to work on the farm at a time.
- Social distancing of six feet or more will be observed while working on the farm.
- We’re adapting as new best practices come forward!
Please use this self-screening tool before every in-person training or volunteer session to keep yourself and others safe:
1) Schedule a work party: Group volunteers do not need to apply using a Solid Ground application. To schedule an “urban farm work party,” please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Complete Volunteer Intake Form: Giving Garden Volunteers do not need to apply using a Solid Ground application. Before volunteering, please fill out our One-time Volunteer Intake Form. You can also download the Word form and bring it with you on your first day: Volunteer Intake Form.
3) Underage Volunteer Waiver: If bringing family members under 18, please fill out this one-page form.
4) Schools and youth groups interested in service learning trips: Prior to contacting us, please read more information about service learning and field trips, and fill out a group field trip request on our Farm Tours & Field Trips page.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color), and people with the lived experience of food insecurity are strongly encouraged to volunteer.
Solid Ground believes poverty is solvable. Volunteers play a critical role in helping us meet basic needs, nurture success, and spread change – so everyone in our community can achieve their full potential.