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Volunteer at Tilth Alliance's May Edible Plant Sale!

More than ever, we need help from volunteers to make this year's sale a success. Sign up today and get online access to the Early Bird Sale for free!

May EPS VolunteerJoin in to support Tilth Alliance's May Edible Plant Sale! In appreciation for your help, all volunteers will have Early Bird Access to schedule a shopping appointment at the sale.

All volunteer shifts will take place at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in SE Seattle. The farm is located at 5513 S. Cloverdale St., Seattle, 98118.

Steps to Volunteer at the Sale:

  • If you haven’t volunteered with Tilth Alliance before (or if it’s been more than a couple of years), please complete our Volunteer/Intern Registration Form. This is required for all new volunteers.
  • Review the volunteer jobs listed below. They are grouped by phase of the sale (pre-sale, sale, and post-sale) and by job type so you can find a good fit for your interests, skills, and schedule.
  • Sign up for a shift! You should receive a confirmation email with your shift details. A reminder will go out 24 hours before your shift.
  • Sign up for a Volunteer Training Session. Some volunteer jobs require attendance at a training. For all others, we strongly encourage attendance. If you sign up and cannot attend, a recording of the online training will be available.
    • Required: Ticket Writers and Cashiers 
    • Strongly Encouraged: Everyone! The sale format is different this year. Even if you’ve volunteered at the sale for years, or at last year’s online order/in-person pick-up sale, this year’s sale will operate a little differently. It’s good for us all to have the big picture.
    • Optional: It’s always good to see your faces, but we understand that folks are busy. If you’re helping with, say, set-up or tear-down you’ll still do fine without the training.
  • Review additional Plant Sale Volunteer Resources, including a recorded Volunteer Training Session, Volunteer FAQs, specific instructions for Cashiers, Ticket Writers, and Plant Sellers, and convenient links to the plant lists and the "What to Expect" Guide for shoppers. 
  • Keep an eye out for an email about Early Bird Access to the plant sale appointment scheduling system. You should receive that email on Monday, April 26. Early Bird reservations run from April 26-May 3. Reservations open for the General Public on the afternoon of May 3.
  • Let us know if you have any questions: email

Sign Up!

Volunteer job descriptions are grouped below in the following by phase and then by job type to help you find a good fit:

  • Pre-Event Set-up (May 4-7): Help get the infrastructure in place for the sale and unload the plants as they arrive; water the plants.
  • Event Operations (May 7-14): Greet and direct shoppers, help locate plants, help tally up shoppers' orders and check them out at our registers; water the plants; act as a plant runner between locations, load compost and soil, or sign up as a floater to fill in the gaps!
  • Post-Event Tear-down (May 15): Take down any remaining tables, tents, and signs; help inventory, pack up, and water any remaining plants; help tidy up the farm after the sale.

Not sure what you'd like to do? Sign up as a Floater to be assigned a position when you arrive for your shift.

Ready to get started? Sign up for a shift below! We'll send an email confirmation with additional details about what to expect.



Event Operations

Friday, May 7 - Friday, May 14

Before and during the event, we'll need help watering all of those beautiful plants, signing in volunteers and maintaining the Volunteer Booth, acting as a "runner" between the volunteer booth and kitchen or office. If you're up for anything, sign up as a Floater -- we'll assign a job when you arrive and we'll be extra appreciative that you're helping us fill in the gaps.

Post-Event Tear-Down

Saturday, May 15 

Take down any remaining tables, tents, and signs; help inventory and pack up any remaining plants; help tidy up the farm after the sale. 



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