Joe’s Market Garden Volunteering 2019-07-12T17:01:21+00:00

Joe’s Market Garden – Volunteer Position

Background: Located in Coburg, 2kms north of CERES along the Merri Creek bike path, this two acre plot has been farmed continuously by Chinese and Italian gardeners for over 150 years – Joe’s Market Garden is one of Melbourne’s last surviving inner city market garden.

Supervisor: Emily Connors
Team: Organic Farm
Area Manager: Chris Ennis

Objectives: To grow certified organic produce in an urban environment, that is then distributed locally.

Specific Tasks and Duties:

  • Soil Preparation
  • Planting
  • Watering
  • Weeding and pest control
  • Harvesting
  • General maintenance within the Joe’s Market Garden area


  • Work outdoors and learn about the wonderful world of vegetable growing
  • Learn a wide repertoire of weather based conversation starters
  • Learn a range of organic gardening skills
  • Contribute to providing local organic produce for homes throughout the local community.

Training: Induction & ongoing training will be provided

Times / Days: 9am – 1pm Mondays and/or Fridays.

Commitment required:

  • We ask that volunteers commit to the time specified for a minimum of one day per week for two months.
  • We ask that volunteers who cannot attend their nominated shift let us know by phone or email in advance so that we can plan accordingly.
  • Should you wish to discontinue your volunteer role with us we ask that you notify us by email.

Skills/experience/ personal qualities required:

  • An enthusiastic passion for being part of the CERES local food system and a willingness to help feed our local community!
  • A genuine interest and commitment to organic gardening.
  • Moderate Fitness. You will need a reasonable level of physical health and mobility suited to undertaking moderately vigorous physical work including bending, using a wheel-barrow and lifting moderate weights.
  • A willingness to learn more about organic gardening and the standards needed for saleable produce.
  • It is important that you turn up for your shift and communicate (as agreed with the work supervisor) if you can’t make it.
  • A commitment to safety and to employ safe working practices as guided by your supervisor is mandatory.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal instructions
  • Be able to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic
  • Be respectful, polite and courteous to fellow volunteers

You need to bring:

  • Enthusiasm for organic farming
  • Love of the outdoors
  • Own boots and gloves

We provide:

  • All tools and materials
  • Sunscreen when needed
  • Drinking water