PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230



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Volunteering with Mountain Roots Food Project is a way to give back to the community, share the camaraderie of like-minded folks, learn new skills, practice what you know, celebrate the seasons, and have a lot of fun!  Our volunteers are all ages, and come from all walks of life. Some Mountain Roots volunteers are one-time-only folks, come come once a week, some volunteer from home doing ‘background’ work like writing articles or graphic design, and others are on-call for special projects like cooking for an event or building a tool shed. We’re always open to new ideas - many of our projects are started by a volunteer with a great idea and the willingness to lead a new project.

Our volunteers also receive an abundance of fresh, local, organic food during the growing season.


volunteer in our gardens

We are Community Supported and Volunteer Powered!   So many people play a role in putting our projects into action. Our work would not be possible without the on-going support of community partners, generous funding from individuals and businesses and grants,  and our volunteers. Please take a minute while you’re here and check out all the people who are building the local food systems with us.

Mountain Roots always has positions for volunteer leaders and interns.  Our paid positions are very limited - each program is run by a part-time program coordinator and many, many volunteers.  We have one annual position for an Americorps VISTA. Every spring we hire up to four environmental educators and up to four garden coordinators to manage our urban gardens.  Student-centered Internships build capacity for the organization and activate change in the community more quickly by putting projects in motion that would otherwise be on the back burner waiting for funding or staff to lead them.   Please read descriptions thoroughly and we welcome you to contact us about any of the upcoming openings.    

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art, design, marketing, empty bowls

Get Involved


come to our thinking & planning meetings, or lead a new project


we need you!


volunteer at the farmer’s market


cook for events or for F2S kids


volunteer with Farm to School

What do YOU like to do?  Open the door of possibility ...       Contact us to learn more about these options or to share your idea.


help with our seasonal local foods dinners and other fun events

Your support makes our work possible.  When you make a donation to Mountain Roots, you know that you’re helping to build food security for nearly 10,000 Valley residents. You’re helping improve school meals for 1,200 kids, and helping to build a network of gardens across the Valley that provide food for the people. We triple the value of every dollar with in-kind donations  and over 5,000 volunteer hours. 

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When your business chooses to become a garden, project, or event sponsor, you send a positive message to the community that you are a business that supports sustainable agriculture, local food, healthy kids, food security, and a vibrant community. People support businesses that support green, community-building efforts like ours.

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from fruit trees to harvest boxes, these forever gifts  change lives

Simply providing occasional fresh food is not enough to create lasting changes in the health of our children, area farms, our community, local economy, and the environment. 

We use and teach life skills to reconnect people with their food and the  land to build food security for people of all ages in all economic groups.

We  create and support programs which connect classroom studies with hands-on experiences, offering dynamic, life-long education which fosters sustainable living and makes teaching and  learning come alive.


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Volunteer in our gardens through October. Drop in to any of our weekly workdays and take home fresh organic produce.

Sundays 12-2  Cottonwood Garden

Sundays 4-6 Giving Garden at Bill’s Park

Mondays 12-2 Gunnison Community School

Tuesdays 12-2  Giving Garden at Bill’s Park

Tuesdays 4-6 Crested Butte Community School

Wednesdays 4-6  Cottonwood Garden

Thursdays 4-6 Gunnison Community School

Fridays 9-11 Crested Butte Community School

Friday 9-11 am  or 4-6pm  CSA

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Farm to School is back! 

We’ll be giving garden tours during Back to School nights, harvesting produce for the school cafeterias, and teaching 180+ hours of Environmental Science in K-5 classrooms.

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Kids Cook Fall Registration is FULL. 

Holiday Workshop registration opens Nov 1.

Harvest Mandala

September 19   9 am - noon

at the old Elk Avenue Garden

The mandala will be living work of art, created by community participation.  

You’re invited to bring a small, nature-based token or memento of the harvest season to add to the design, and stay to watch as it evolves and grows. At high noon we honor all those who work with food and the earth – growers of vegetables, ranchers, garden volunteers, preparers and servers of our food — who provide food for the Vinotok Community Feast and for sustenance in our everyday lives.