Aquaponics Farm

Sign up here to volunteer on the Indoor Aquaponics Farm! This can include: harvesting fish, harvesting lettuce, transplanting, cleaning, general maintenance and much more. This is a great opportunity to see the ins-and-outs of working with an indoor farm, working with plants in a hydroponic system, and aquaculture skills! All training and information is included in your volunteer hours, so come get your hands dirty (ish)!

Cook. Eat. Grow.

FoodChain is in its fourth year of our Cook Eat Grow program. This hands-on cooking class provides valuable life skills to elementary school students in our neighborhoods. Each class contains about 15 students (ages 9-11) and we are searching for volunteers who are interested in helping supervise and oversee the cooking portion of the lessons. This semester we’re mixing it up a bit, due to transportation challenges, and bringing our signature cooking classes directly to the schools themselves. Interested volunteers will need to get FCPS background checks in order to enter the schools, which can be done here. Otherwise, volunteers are simply needed to help keep kids safe and engaged! No cooking expertise needed! To sign up directly for our current slots, check out our current listings here

We need your help in processing locally grown seconds and surplus produce! Check out our times to come help clean, cut, and package the abundant product of the fall! Volunteer slots available here!

Tour Guide!

Fill out this form and we will send you more detailed information on providing educational tours of FoodChain!

Interested in volunteering as a large group?

We have opportunities for large groups up to 20 to volunteer with us doing local food processing, such as washing, slicing, and baking apples, or massive clean-up reorganizing tasks, as well as fun community events like our big fall FUN-raiser Oktoberfest! For more information on scheduling a group volunteer event, please email morgan@foodchainlex.org

Chat N Chow
Once a month we host community dinners to cultivate meaningful relationships with our neighborhood residents. These meals take place on the fourth Thursday of every month beginning at 5:30pm. We typically need 3-4 volunteers to help with setup, serving food, and clean up. You can sign up for this opportunity here.