Sustainable Indigenous Foods Garden Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the growth of Indigenous knowledges at rare by volunteering their time to assist with the creation of the Sustainable Indigenous Foods Gardens. The Indigenous Foods Garden at rare is an ongoing Indigenous knowledges project founded and directed by Mkomosé (Bearwalker) – Dr. Andrew Judge. The project utilizes Indigenous knowledge frameworks in its design and philosophy to create an engaging environment that ignites all the senses. The spiralling terraced garden aims to inspire a revitalization of Indigenous foods systems and land based sustainability practices. Visiting the garden awakens community members to knowledge found within their own ancestral teachings. By contributing to this space, both in its construction and its long term goal of creating an engaging educational forum where Indigenous land-based teachings can be recovered, shared, and disseminated widely community members are directly participating in Truth and Reconciliation. The Indigenous Foods Garden seeks to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all, a sanctuary where threads of ancient wisdom can be woven in to the tapestry of your consciousness.


  • Digging trenches
  • Watering and raking
  • Rock removal, log placement and other heavy lifting
  • Other duties as required

Time Commitment:

Volunteers will be welcome to assist from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

In July the following days volunteers are welcome to help:

  • Sunday, July 15
  • Monday, July 16
  • Monday, July 23
  • Wednesday, July 25
  • Monday, July 30

For the month of August volunteers are welcome all Mondays and Wednesdays.

Required Qualifications:

  • Hard work ethic
  • Physically fit and comfortable working outdoors

Training Provided:

Orientation session will be provided. You will learn some techniques in sustainable landscape design and irrigation.

Expected Benefits: 

  • Gain experience with sustainable gardening
  • Contribute to the growth of Indigenous knowledges at rare
  • Networking opportunities within the environmental sector, and an ability to develop your job experience and references

For a video with more information on the Indigenous Foods Garden click here.


Applicants should email:

Laura Klein, Gosling Engagement Coordinator
Telephone: 519-650-9336 ext. 126

rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001