Big Tex Urban Farms Volunteer Sign-up

Big Tex Urban Farms’ Mission

Introduced in 2016, the State Fair’s horticulture-based community initiative, Big Tex Urban Farms, is comprised of planting beds and hydroponic systems housed in the heart of Fair Park. The mission of Big Tex Urban Farms is to create a food system that:

  • Invests financial and human capital into surrounding Fair Park neighborhoods and companies.
  • Connects like-minded food-related organizations to each other.
  • Provides free, fresh, and organic produce to entities focused on hunger issues and healthy lifestyle programs.  
  • Adds community gardens throughout Southern Dallas through our “Farming Farms” program.

Flex Your Green Thumb

Big Tex Urban Farms is an “innovative destination” that welcomes all to see the opportunities that are available to the urban farmer and to learn more during the “Innovations in Agriculture” exhibit at the annual State Fair of Texas. The Farms also provide opportunities to get a hands-on experience through volunteering since all the natural produce that is grown in the Farms year-round is donated to surrounding organizations centered on hunger and healthy lifestyle programs.

Whether you want to show off your green thumb or volunteer to learn more, we want YOU to experience what it means to be an urban farmer.

Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Harvesting
  • Watering and water testing
  • Outdoor planting
  • Seeding

Please note that tasks vary depending on the day and time of year. It is highly recommended that you bring sun protection, water and wear clothing that is both breathable and can get dirty. For more questions or if you have a group of people interested in volunteering, please contact Drew Demler ( and Cristian Camacho (

NOTE: ALL volunteers must sign the volunteer release form. If you are under 18 and are interested in volunteering, please download the volunteer release form and have a parent or guardian sign and turn in with the rest of your additional information below.

SFT Volunteer Release Form

Big Tex Urban Farms Volunteer Form

Please out the form below and a representative of the Big Tex Urban Farms will reach out to you when volunteer opportunities arise.




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Please turn in as a PDF. If you are under the age of 18, you must read and complete the State Fair of Texas Volunteer Release form and have a parent or guardian sign and turn in before continuing.

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