Be a Volunteer Leader at Common Ground


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


687 Arastradero RoadPalo Alto, CA 94306


Starting this year, in 2017 at Common Ground Garden, we are beginning a new volunteer program: Volunteer Leaders. The idea is to harness the power and enthusiasm of current and new CGG volunteers to help run our ongoing Wednesday work sessions and several Saturday work sessions that will occur throughout the year. This program will help CGG to accomplish a lot more in the garden, reach and teach many more people in our community, and have more time to plan and improve our programs!
Each potential Volunteer Leader will choose an a garden activity (listed below), and sign up for at least three of the upcoming Saturday work days (2/4, 4/15, 8/5, 10/7), and optionally wednesday workdays. Then they will go through a short (30min-1hr) training session with the CGG Garden Manager. This will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

  • Double (or single) Digging: Lead small groups of volunteers in clearing and cultivating our garden beds to get them ready for planting. This is the most time intensive thing for us to accomplish at the beginning of each season. 3 Volunteer Leaders needed.

  • Grain / Veggie Transplanting and Soil Amending: Lead small groups of volunteers in applying compost and amendments to the soil, sifting them in, using spacers / dibble board, loosening soil in flats, and planting out seedlings using a widger or trowel. 3 Volunteer Leaders needed.

  • Seed propagation and Pricking Out: Lead several volunteers in moistening flat soil, filling flats, spacing and covering seeds, and watering flats. Volunteers will also 'prick out’ certain seedlings from a shallow flat to a deeper one using a widger. 2 Volunteer Leaders needed.

  • Building and Harvesting Compost and Mixing Soil: Lead several volunteers in starting a new compost pile with roughage, mature material, immature material, soil, and water. Finished piles are harvested by breaking apart and sifting. New flat soil is mixed using compost and old flat soil. 1 Volunteer Leader needed.

  • Sheet Mulching: Lead a group of volunteers in hoeing paths and open areas with grass and weeds, laying down cardboard on top, and filling and depositing mulch on top of that. This will keep the paths from getting muddy and clear of weeds for over a year. 1 Volunteer Leader needed.

If you are interested, please get in contact now, and we'll go from there!


  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Farming

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 1hr training, At least 3 Sat. (2hr ea) during year
  • Must like working with and helping other volunteers!

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