Dig-ins are our primary mission – this is where we gather with great volunteers like you and help others learn to grow some of their own food. No experience is needed – all it takes is a few hours of your time. Our primary Dig-ins take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings in March for spring gardens and September for fall gardens. Our spring 2022 dates are listed below; registration links will be provided soon. From time to time we have projects outside of our regular Dig-ins, including some on weekdays. If you haven’t already, you can join our Frequent Volunteer list to receive notifications of these events.

What is a Dig-in?

A Dig-in is what we call our volunteer group outings to garden sites where we either install a new garden or clean up an existing one. No experience is needed to be a volunteer and you do not need to do anything in advance. Groups are welcome (just contact us to work out the details) and feel free to bring your children, though we ask that you accompany young children at all times. Anyone wishing to get more involved should consider becoming a dig-in team leader by attending our Dig-in Leader Training workshop.

2022 Spring Dig-in dates and registration links:

Saturday, March 5, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, March 6, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday, March 12, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, March 13, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday, March 19, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, March 20, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday, March 26, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, March 27, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday April 2, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, April 3, 8:45am – noon – register here

COVID-19 precautions:

Concerns about COVID in the Austin area have increased because of rising infections and hospitalizations, primarily among unvaccinated individuals. Green Corn Project’s guidelines for volunteer activities are based on the City of Austin’s recommended practices.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask when participating in indoor private gatherings, and they should wear a mask for outdoor gatherings if they are unable to socially distance.
  • Partially or unvaccinated individuals should not volunteer for Green Corn Project activities at this time. The City of Austin has advised that partially or unvaccinated individuals should avoid private gatherings unless they are essential. Our gardening projects, while important, are not essential.

What to do on the Dig-in day

Please be sure to check the website and your e-mail both the night before and the morning of the Dig-in, as it is possible that we may need to reschedule because of weather, ground conditions, or other reasons. Please bring sun protection, shoes with sturdy soles (digging in flip flops is no fun), water or other beverages, gardening gloves if you use them, and snacks or lunch if you want them. We will provide all the necessary tools and instruction; you do not need any prior training. Please plan on staying till 1pm although most teams are able to finish by noon. 

Where to meet up

We will meet at 1901 Matthews Lane in Southwest Austin.  Look for the big Green Corn Project sign on the tall chain link fence. This is where you enter the property. There is free parking on the side streets in the surrounding neighborhood.

Volunteer check-in

After you arrive, look for a person at a table with a clipboard and please sign in and grab a name tag. It may seem a bit chaotic at first as we gather tools, sort plants, and bag compost, but someone will help you find a task. Once we’re ready and everyone has arrived, we’ll assemble, chat about the garden sites we plan to visit, and then you will be assigned to a Dig-in team. You and your team members will exchange phone numbers, make note of the destination, and travel to the garden sites (carpooling is encouraged). If you have an appropriate vehicle and would be willing to help transport tools and/or compost to the garden site(s), let us know when you sign in.

Thanks to everyone who helped bring the joy of gardening to our community last fall. Here are a few photos to remind us of the great work we did (click here for other photo galleries):