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Farming Volunteer Program

  City Green maintains two farm sites ... a five-acre farm in Clifton, NJ and a one-acre site in Eastside Park in Paterson, NJ, both just 20 miles from Manhattan. Through our farms and markets, we aim to address issues of food justice and food accessibility. We strive to grow the highest quality produce for our customers.  To this end we believe that quality begins with what we put into the soil, how we care for it, choosing varieties that are renowned for vigor and flavor, good cultural techniques, and proper post harvest handling and storage. We use only Organically approved products and abide by Organic standards as much as possible. 

City Green is seeking volunteers to work at our 5-acre farm, located in Clifton, New Jersey. Farm volunteers will assist our urban Farmer in completing farm tasks while learning basic concepts of organic food production. We rely heavily on farm volunteers each season to help us keep our farm productive and beautiful. Farm tasks will include: seed starting, planting, weeding, harvesting, and other farm maintenance as needed. This is a great opportunity to participate in a unique community project, enjoy the great outdoors, and get hands on farming experience.  


No previous farming / gardening experience necessary.  But, a willingness to get dirty, work with your hands, and a passion for learning, growing, and community building are!     

2017 Dates + Times:
Wednesdays, 5:00pm until dusk, April 19 - October 25



 Gardening Volunteer Program

 Becoming a garden volunteer is a great opportunity to learn hands on horticultural skills best suited to the ornamental gardener.  Our Learning Farm in Clifton, NJ features many "themed" gardens, all geared towards nature-based education and an appreciation of nature's diverse eco-systems and dynamic beauty.  These themed gardens include a Story Grove, Enchanted Forest, Native American Prairie and Mr. McGregor's Farm.  All of these gardens are framed by native plantings designed to attract beneficial insects and pollinators to our farm.

The gardening volunteer will be working side by side with our Director of Horticulture enhancing and maintaining these gardens. City Green has many fun and rewarding garden installations planned for this upcoming season. Come be a part of the fun and make a difference, all while learning skills which you can take back to your home garden. Our garden volunteers are a vital component of our operation and we could not maintain these beautiful spaces without your support! 

 No previous gardening / farming experience necessary, just a willingness to get a little dirty, work with your hands, and a desire to learn, grow, and make a difference!


2017 Dates + Times:
Wednesdays - 9:30am- 12:00pm, April 19 - October 25






Educators Volunteer Program

City Green is always looking for volunteer docents to assist in hosting field trips and educational Family Fun Days for area youth and their families, at the City Green Learning Garden in Eastside Park in Paterson, as well as at our Learning Farm in Clifton. Volunteers will facilitate the diverse educational activities programmed for the events.

Teaching experience, working with children, and an interest in environmental education preferred. However, we'll consider all interested and enthusiastic applicants. All accepted applicants must undergo a criminal background check.



 May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

To apply to be a youth programming volunteer, email with your request.   



Corporate Volunteer Program 

City Green is always looking for corporate volunteer groups to help us tackle some of the bigger projects on our farms, at our gardens, and in our new Farmhouse!  If your company is interested in spending quality time with a quality urban farming/community gardening organization, we are ready to host you!  


For all volunteer inquiries, please call 973-869-4086 or email

Volunteer Recognition

At City Green all of our volunteers are highly valued and appreciated. To show our gratitude during our volunteer season, we will be rewarding our volunteers based on their hourly participation. Your hours served on the farm, in the gardens or as educators will be logged and your support will be awarded throughout the volunteer season with special gifts and takeaways, including potential free admission to our annual fundraiser, an event not to be missed!

Can't wait to see you at City Green!


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