Current volunteer opportunities:

CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets:

Alchemist CDC operates CalFresh processing at multiple farmers’ markets. The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Farmers’ markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. If you like meeting new people and hanging out at the farmers’ market, this is a great opportunity to do that, while making farmers’ markets a more equitable resource for low-income populations.

We need your help to staff our CalFresh processing booths. You must attend a hands-on training and commit to volunteering at least four times over a four-month period. Volunteer shifts range from 2.5 to 5 hours (your choice), and finish around midday. Punctuality and reliability are very important! This is a great opportunity for “morning people,” as most markets open at 8AM! 

Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome, and must have parent or guardian’s written permission to volunteer.

Interested in completing hours for your senior project with us? Email inquiries and proposals to emma@alchemistcdc.org.

LOCATIONS

Year-round Markets:

  • Florin Farmers’ Market
    • Thursdays 8AM – 12PM
    • Florin Sears parking lot, Florin Rd. and 65th St., South Sacramento
  • Midtown Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays 8AM – 1PM
    • 20th St. between J St. & L St., Midtown Sacramento
  • Laguna Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
    • Laguna Gateway Shopping Center at Laguna Blvd. & Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove
  • Sunrise Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
    • Sunrise Light Rail Station parking lot at Sunrise Blvd. and Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova
  • Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays 8AM – 12PM
    • Country Club Plaza Mall (Butano Dr. Parking Lot), Watt Ave. & El Camino Ave., Arden-Arcade
  • Central Farmers’ Market
    • Sundays 8AM – 12PM
    • Downtown State Parking Lot at 8th & W Streets, Sacramento

Seasonal Markets:

  • Natomas Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays 8AM – 12PM, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
      • Now extended through October 3rd for 2020 season
    • North Natomas Regional Park, Natomas
  • Fremont Farmers’ Market
    • Suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Cesar Chavez Farmers’ Market
    • Suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Charlie, CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Assistant, at charlie@alchemistcdc.org. All volunteers must complete an orientation and must sign up for shifts in advance using our signup link (provided each week by staff member).