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Garden Volunteer Opportunities

To help ensure the safety of our campus for our patients, their families and our employees as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have made the difficult decision to suspend most of the volunteer, student, trainee and intern programs on our campus effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The website will be updated when programming resumes.


Come and help us grow our St. Jude garden. Garden volunteers assist in the planning, construction, planting, mulching, weeding, watering and harvesting of vegetables used in the Kay Kafe. Grab your gloves and sunscreen and join us in the garden!

Seasonal Garden duties include:

Fall & early winter

  • Remove spent summer crops
  • Weeding
  • Start seeds in trays / directly into rows
  • Soil remediation: filling beds with compost/mulch
  • Turn compost
  • Build frost-protective structures for some beds

Late winter & spring

  • Remove fall / winter crop
  • Bed preparation - shoveling, adding compost
  • Start seeds indoors
  • Transplant seedlings
  • Water and mulch beds
  • Harvest and weigh produce


  • Bed preparation - shoveling, adding compost
  • Transplant seedlings
  • Start new seed trays
  • Weeding
  • Harvest and weigh produce


A love for gardening and working outdoors is a must for all volunteer volunteers. Must be physically able to stand, walk, kneel, sit, bend and lift repetitively. Must be able to communicate effectively with staff and follow specific instructions. Shifts are available Tuesday-Saturday. Time varies based on season.

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