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Review for The Urban Farmers, Lafayette, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We found our way to The Urban Farmers because my spectrum-y, Asperger’s-y son needed to do 30 hours of volunteer work to graduate from high school. The volunteer backyard harvest fruit work didn’t have a training requirement and the TUF calendar allowed us to pick and chose from a variety of scheduled harvest days without committing to a weekly “every Tuesday” framework. He could also volunteer to hunt for fruit trees independently in our community so those trees could be registered for later harvesting. The independent work made him learn to use a copier, actually ask a librarian about posting flyers (a big deal if you don’t talk to people!), and walk the neighborhood looking for fruit trees to pass out flyers. He even worked at a special fruit tree pruning event sponsored by The Urban Farmers.

This is a worthwhile, “scalable” volunteer organization with caring people at the helm. It's meaningful yet fun work, appropriate for all ages—particularly families— so I’d recommend this to anyone.

Role:  Volunteer