At Green Thumbs, we want to empower urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hand-on programs.

We run children’s, youth and family programs on school and park grounds, and we need your assistance to support our mission. Our volunteer program has positions open for Garden Program Volunteers, Culinary Program Volunteers, Documentation and Social Media Volunteers and Office/Event Volunteers.

Be part of a fun and engaging experience, assisting kids learn where food comes from! Certificate of Appreciation are provided once the time commitment of 2 hours per week for 6-8 weeks is completed. In addition, a letter of reference will be provided if requested, the details of which are at discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator.

All volunteers must be willing to consent to a police reference check for Working with Vulnerable Persons.

To apply or for more information, contact:
Volunteer and Membership Co-ordinator


Green Thumbs Growing Kids is happy to work with interns and practicum students to help them gain experience and achieve their objectives, while our programs benefit from their fresh new insights and hard work! To date, the following program partnerships have taken place:

  • Co-op placement secondary students from Toronto District School Board’s Environment Specialist High Skills Majors
  • Teacher candidate interns from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Practicum students through Ryerson University’s School of Nutrition Studies, Masters Program
  • Practicum students through Ryerson University’s Early Childhood Studies
  • Practicum students through the George Brown College Community Worker Program

Please contact the Executive Director for more information at sunday@greenthumbsto.org

Positions Available

Garden Program Volunteers

Programs are offered at various sites throughout the neighbourhoods of St. James Town, Cabbagetown and Regent Park. The programs might be indoors or outdoors, in gardens, greenhouses or classrooms. You should be comfortable with children and gardening, and from there we will help you to increase your skills, knowledge and experience. Time commitment of 2 hours per week for 6-8 weeks is required.

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5905091049_4487b2caed_bCarpentry Volunteer

We are looking for a carpentry volunteer to work at various school garden sites.

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5039592363_71de1ba757_bOffice, IT and Events Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for various office and IT tasks, as well as helping to promote the organization at events and as part of our Garden In Every School Campaign. Some of these volunteer hours can take place on weekdays and weekends, and time commitment is flexible. Database experience is an asset.

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5630366434_c6ef80f624_bDocumentation and Social Media Volunteer

Assist with documenting program activities and activate organizational presence on social media.
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