Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace relies on volunteers for all its operations and activities. Mission Garden is a community effort and cannot happen without individuals and groups willing to contribute time, labor and special skills. To sign up as a volunteer, simply scroll to the bottom of this page.

Why volunteer?

-Discover Tucson’s fascinating multi-cultural history
-Help create a better community around Tucson’s Birthplace
-Get outdoors and enjoy nature
-Grow, preserve, share and enjoy sustainable heritage food
-Get free on-site training in Tucson-specific agriculture and foodways
-Experience the power of carrying on a priceless legacy.

Join the Mission Garden community

There are volunteer opportunities for Gardeners, Greeters and Go-Getters:

Gardeners

Volunteer Gardeners work with garden supervisors and other volunteers to carry out diverse gardening tasks that vary with the seasons, ranging from preparing soil, planting seeds and irrigating to controlling pests and weeds, harvesting produce and tabling at the nearby farmer’s market.

We need gardeners of all ages and abilities and we will do our best to help find the tasks most suited to you. There are tasks for gardeners during different days of the week, but most frequently on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings.

If you are interesting in learning about Tucson’s unique agricultural heritage and supporting the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace initiative by growing the garden with your own hands, please consider becoming a Gardener.

Greeters

Volunteer Greeters work with outreach supervisors and other volunteers to carry out the important task of greeting visitors, providing them with information and collecting donations. Greeters are mainly needed when the garden is open to the public on Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm during the hotter months (April-November) and Saturday afternoons from 12 to 4 pm during the cooler months (December-March). However, greeters may also be invited to help out during occasional special events, or lead special guided tours.

Greeters welcome visitors to the garden and attend the information and donations table, handing out information sheets, inviting guests to sign in and give donations, selling them T-shirts or other items, such as seeds or produce, and informing them about specific upcoming events or activities.

If you are interesting in learning about Tucson’s unique heritage and giving back to the community by sharing this knowledge with others in support of the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace initiative, please consider becoming a Mission Garden Greeter.

Go-Getters

The Friends of  Tucson’s Birthplace hold several special events over the course of the year, such as the annual breakfast at Mercado San Agustín in August, the San Isidro celebration in May, the Membrillo Fest in October, etc. On these special occasions, the Friends need Go-Getters to help out with special operations, including purchasing materials, directing traffic, managing sign-in sheets, selling tickets, collecting donations, taking photographs and/or video, making or serving food, staffing information tables, cleaning up, etc.

We need Go-Getters to help with all of these activities. Go-Getters do not need to commit to any ongoing work. We will inform Go-Getters well in advance of upcoming events and do our best to accommodate the tasks to their special circumstances and preferences.

If you are interested in supporting the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace initiative to preserve our unique cultural and agricultural heritage, please consider becoming a Mission Garden Go-Getter.

Sign up to volunteer via email at MissionGarden.Tucson@gmail.com or simply fill out the following form:

Sign Up as a Volunteer!

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