Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids has school gardens across New Castle County and we want to expand our outreach in Kent and Sussex Counties, too. To see a complete list of school gardens, please visit Our Schools. Select a school that is convenient for you (located close to work or home) and we will connect you with the Garden Coordinator at that school. Alternatively, HFHK can contact you as opportunities arise at various schools. Our school gardens are typically active mid-March through mid-June (spring season) and September through early December (fall season).
Volunteer Opportunities with Children
Gardening lessons are scheduled in 45 minute lesson blocks and we typically work with at least 2-3 classes or more a day during school hours. We typically work with Kindergarten-5th grade.
Garden Assistant: Enjoy being outside and working in a garden, while assisting with the outdoor part of a children’s gardening lesson. Activities throughout the season include preparing the soil, planting, harvesting, and composting.
Garden Photographer/Videographer: Come take pictures or videos during our gardening lessons with students. If writing is a passion, we welcome photo captions or suggested Facebook posts to go along with photos (writing optional).
Cooking Demo Assistant: Many children look forward to our cooking demos. Help prepare harvested vegetables and assist with serving delicious food. This is optional for schools and sometimes takes place after school.
Gardening Volunteer Opportunities
Garden Guardian: Help HFHK and busy teachers monitor and care for the garden. No previous gardening experience is necessary—volunteers will be trained. Come water the plants, test the irrigation system, weed, or take plant photos to be uploaded to our school gardens webpage. The time commitment is 15 minutes, once a week (or could be more frequent, if desired).
Garden Builder: This opportunity is great for volunteers who enjoy building and getting a little exercise outdoors. No previous experience necessary. This is typically for new schools, or schools that decide to add additional gardens. Building typically takes place on an afternoon or weekend and takes several hours to complete.
Volunteer on a Committee
NEW Special Event Committee: Help plan logistics of HFHK’s special events. Create a catchy theme, design creative decorations, and invite all your friends. The committee is also instrumental in procuring in-kind donations such as auction items, food, and drinks. Our 2019 winter/spring event was our Spaghetti Soiree on Fri., Feb. 8th. Time Commitment: The committee typically meets via evening phone conference calls, and schedules in-person meetings as needed based on committee availability and around the timing of the event.
Development Committee: Help HFHK secure our legacy as “The First State school garden experts” by assisting with designing fundraising strategies and implementing them. For example, the committee may research and solicit corporate sponsorships for fundraising events, investigate and evaluate funding opportunities, and make recommendations for outreach. Time Commitment: Monthly meetings are held in Newark Delaware during the business day and are determined based on committee schedule and availability.
PR Committee: Help spread the word about HFHK! This committee designs and coordinates HFHK’s social media, special event promotion, website and quarterly newsletters. Help us create graphics, write catchy social media content, or assist with layout of our newsletters. Time Commitment: Monthly committee meetings are held in North Wilmington, 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.
HR Committee: As a small start-up nonprofit with two fulltime staff members, we are looking to expand our program so that we may eventually serve all interested Delaware schools. Help us develop appropriate policies and procedures to successfully expand our reach, and hire new employees. Time Commitment: TBD
For more information about volunteering with Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids, please fill out the form below and tell us about your interests. We will gladly find an opportunity that fits your schedule!