You can volunteer and make a real positive difference to food and farming in Edinburgh. You don’t need previous knowledge or experience with plants or growing or conservation – this is a great place to learn. We also welcome any knowledge and experience you have.
Volunteering Sessions at the Farm
We have lots of volunteering sessions you can join. There are weekly drop-in sessions in the Community Garden. Or you might like the monthly Market Garden volunteering day. We also have tree planting and tree care sessions several times a month. In spring and summer, we have biodiversity surveying opportunities, and you can join our volunteer community orchard group at any time. Plus we often need help at our community events, and much more besides!
If you are interested in longer-term volunteer opportunities, group volunteering opportunities, or you have a specific skill you want to offer, please contact us using the contact form.
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How To Sign Up
You don’t need to sign up for the weekly drop-in sessions. Most other volunteering sessions have sign up sheets – details and links will be in the event details in the calender, and in our monthly newsletters. Some of them fill up very quickly – the best way to hear about upcoming sessions is by subscribing to the newsletter (keep scrolling down this page to enter your email address).
Children and Young People Volunteering
Children and young people are very welcome – we are keen to get them involved. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult. Please only enter the name of the adult(s) on the signup sheets. 14-16 year olds can come independently, as long as we have a parental/guardian permission form. Please contact us to arrange this.
What To Wear & Bring
For all volunteering sessions, we recommend you wear sturdy footwear, and clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. We go ahead in most weathers – except storms!
We provide all tools and can also give you work gloves.
We have drinking water taps, and will always finish a volunteering session with cups of tea and biscuits. Please feel free to bring other snacks or more food if you will need a boost.
Types of Tasks
At the moment, volunteering tasks are physical. We are looking into developing other ways people can help and get involved. Some tasks are more physically demanding than others. We try to offer a mix of options in sessions. You are welcome to contact us if you want to check exactly what’s involved in a specific session. Many of our volunteers have some health issues – and all will understand this. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace, take breaks, say what you need, and say ‘no’ when you need to! It is meant to be enjoyable – not an endurance test.
In the Market Garden, depending on the season, the tasks may include planting out seedlings, weeding, harvesting, clearing and preparing polytunnels or field beds, maintaining and caring for windbreaks and hedges. The Market Garden work and the farm tree care takes place over quite large areas of ground. The Community Garden and the Orchard are a bit more compact, and are nearest to the Toby Carvery gate. The Community Garden also has some raised beds, which are easier to access.
How To Get Here
Please use active travel or public transport rather than a car, if possible. There is no car parking on the farm, except by prior arrangement. There are bike racks. The main entrance is through the gate at the back of the Toby Carvery car park. Most volunteering sessions start at the portacabins by that gate. The Market Garden is next to Cramond Road South. For Market Garden sessions, you can enter through the gates on Cramond Road South (on foot/by bike) or walk across the farm from Toby Carvery. Click here for directions to the farm.
Any Other Questions?
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