Growing Volunteers for Good

Volunteering at Waitaki Community Gardens will probably change your life. This is a really special place that is extraordinary at growing good stuff. And by good stuff, we mean great, fresh, organic produce along with life skills, friendships and fun.

seedlings 2We’re wholly funded by donations and grants (although we’re working on some new ideas to generate sustainable revenue).That means every volunteer hour adds a little more magic into the mix – whether that’s gardening time or helping us grow a more sustainable, healthier, happier community… behind the scenes.


Every bit of skill and support you give goes to helping make our community stronger – you have so many options to help us make Oamaru and wider Waitaki region an even more awesome place to live, work and play.

Here’s some ways to help that you might want to consider:

Weekly Working Bee

We have a weekly working bee on Wednesdays from 1-3pm. You can just turn up and jump in with our friendly gardening volunteers led by our fabulous Volunteer & Site Coordinator, Ra. Whether you know a lot about gardening or a little, we promise you’ll have a great time!

Join the Volunteer Crew

Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes from all walks of life. We have volunteers in the gardens who know a lot about gardening and some who are just starting to learn. We have volunteers working behind the scenes and others who really take on the heavy lifting. There really is a role for everyone with us. See a list of volunteer roles here and join us!


Heeding the Call

From time to time we put out a call to the community for a specific project that needs all hands on deck. That could be propagating, planting, weed whacking, mowing, building, fundraising or more… We put out a call for help on our Facebook page as well as our website.

Behind the Scenes Support

We always can use extra support behind the scenes – admin, fundraising, marketing, building and maintenance, plumbing, health and safety, cleaning, rabbit hunting… the list goes on. If you have a skill and you’re willing to donate time and / or expertise – please think of us, we’d love to have you on board. To see the roles we need some help with now – click here.


Don’t have time but want to help? We’re not too proud to take your money. We use donations to fund our volunteers expenses and make sure they feel appreciated. Your donations help keep us together as a stronger more capable community. Donate here.

And while you’re visiting our website, why not find out more about our projects and educational programmes?