School Garden Cultivator

Volunteers through the School Garden Cultivator program work with students, schools and local communities to cultivate gardeners, grow food and nourish community. Volunteers accomplish this by providing support to the Garden to Cafeteria, Youth Farm Stand and Healthy Seedlings programs throughout diverse communities in Metro Denver.

The broad goals of the School Garden Cultivator program are to:

  • Provide experiential learning opportunities for student inquiry and investigation into academics learned in the classroom
  • Increase students’ nutrition and gardening knowledge
  • Increase students’ positive attitudes about healthy eating and gardening
  • Encourage students’ participation in and bonding to their community and their peers

Class Requirements

In exchange for the instruction, participants pay a $55 materials fee, and are required to complete 30 hours of volunteering. This course has a limit of 15 participants and is open to individuals who demonstrate involvement and/or interest in educating youth in garden and/or classroom settings. Participants must be able to commit to attend all classes, complete a fingerprint background check, and complete 30 volunteer hours.

GiveBack Hours

Participants are required to contribute 30 hours of GiveBack hours utilizing their new skills in school gardens. A maximum of 10 hours may be done in a non-DUG school-based community garden. A minimum of 20 hours must be done in schools that have a DUG school-based community garden. DUG staff will provide volunteer opportunities and additional guidance, but this aspect is self-directed. GiveBack hours must be approved before completed. Participants must fulfill 30 GiveBack hours by August 2020.

Application Deadline

We are now accepting applications for the School Garden Cultivator program! Please complete the form below to apply for the program. Applications will be accepted through May 31st. Please contact Mikhaela Mullins at or at 303-292-9900 x101 if you have any questions.

  • The following are required trainings for the School Garden Cultivator program and will take place at The Horse Barn (1031 33rd St Denver, CO 80205) on:
    Thursday, July 18th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Thursday, July 25th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 1st from 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 - 12:00pm
    Thursday, August 8th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 15th from 6:00 - 8:00pm

We’d like to thank the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and the Peternell Family Foundation for their generous support of the School Garden Cultivator program.