Backyard Abundance volunteers are invaluable in ensuring our presentations, classes and events are fun and top-notch. You will learn valuable skills while creating an abundant community.

Specific Roles

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Cooking Demonstrators

Do you enjoy preparing garden-based snacks or lunches? Encourage the local-slow-organic-happy food movement by demonstrating your cooking prowess at events. Time: Weekends for 1-2 hours, 4-10 times per year.

Snack Makers

Do you love making and sharing yummy goodness? Snacks are needed at many events and your contribution would be greatly welcomed. Time: Weekends, whatever time you have to make snacks.

Website Updaters

Help our community stay updated on the latest gardening news and events. Moderate computer skills are needed to update the online calendar, create online media, create event emails, and update the website. Time: Throughout the month, 1-6 hours per month.

Graphic Designers

Use your graphic design skills to attract more folks to the goodness of ecological gardening. Help is needed creating online media, shiny posters, and educational handouts. Time: Throughout the month, 1-6 hours per month.

Abundant Safari

The Abundant Safari is an exciting new program that will put all of Iowa City’s abundant sites on a map for self-guided tours. Assistance is needed to take pictures of the sites and post them on the Facebook page with comments. Time: 1-3 hours per month.


Do you have lots of ideas just bursting to get out? Become a Backyard Abundance blogger and share your wisdom and inspiration with the world. Time: When you have time.

Garden Implementor

If you like dirt under your fingernails, then you can help us prepare and plant educational garden beds. Time: 1-3 hours per month.


An easy way to spread the news about ecological gardening and living is by hosting a table at community events. You would set up the table, tell people about the mission of Backyard Abundance and our upcoming events, let people take handouts and other goodies, and then clean up afterward. Time: Once per month for 2-4 hours.

Tweeter and/or Facebooker

Do you love finding and reading online media about gardening and ecological design? Become a Backyard Abundance social media guru and post your juicy finds on our Twitter feed and Facebook page. Time: A daily post is preferable, but posts can be done when you have time.

Picture Poster

Are you doing wonderful things in your own landscape? No matter how small the change or activity, sharing your pictures and stories is the most effective way to inspire others to change their landscaping paradigm.

Share your pictures and stories with the community on our Facebook page. You can consolidate your landscaping story and all your pictures on the Abundant Landscapes page. (No need to contact us… just start sharing!)


Point your friends and family to the Backyard Abundance website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and calendar of events. Sometimes a gentle “look at this cool stuff” message is all that is needed to point folks in a more abundant direction.


Please let us know if you are or know of a student looking for internship opportunities. Many of the volunteer ideas above may easily translate into an internship with Backyard Abundance.



Join a committee to plan events and promote our mission: Contact us to learn more about committees

Curriculum Committee

Made up of permaculture designers and teachers, this committee oversees the curriculum development of current and future classes.

Events Committee

This large group of passionate organizers collaborates with partners to coordinate all our events: classes, workshops, presentations, and gatherings.

Finance Committee

This small group provides input on our budgets and financial business plan.

Fundraising Committee

This committee raises funds by locating and applying for grants, requesting donations from businesses, and organizing fund drives.

Landscape Design Committee

These talented permaculture designers and landscape architects plan and design regenerative landscapes for educational events.

Marketing Committee

This group of well-connected community-minded folks develops and oversees our marketing plan which includes publications, press releases, promotional materials, and social networking activities.