Volunteer to Work on Our Farm
We love having volunteers join us in our daily work on Fresh and Local CSA. Not only is the work quicker & easier with another set of hands, we really enjoy meeting our shareholders, making new farm friends, and having new people & perspectives jump into the midst. We often find that volunteers have a pretty good time too. Volunteering is a great way to enrich your relationship with your food and farm.
What to Expect
As a farm volunteer you would be thrown right into the daily activities of the crew. Depending on the day and the season, you may be asked to help harvest, weed, transplant, wash vegetables, pack boxes, or partake in other tasks. There is always something to do on the farm. So overall, expect to be put to work! Also, expect to be put to work outside, regardless of the weather. And while working gives you an opportunity to experience the farm first-hand, there will likely not be time to have a farm tour. If a farm tour is something you are interested in, please see our Visit the Farm page for details. While it is encouraged for people to bring their children along for farm tours, we find that it is not the best idea to plan on bringing children if you are volunteering.
What to Wear and Bring
As mentioned above, as a volunteer you will likely be asked to work outside and so it is very important to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and that are suitable for the day’s weather conditions. It is often a good idea to wear layers, as the temperature tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Footwear is also something important to be considered. Please wear study work shoes. Flip-flops and other less durable shoes are not suitable for farm work. Also, please bring a pair of rain boots if you have them. Even if it is not rainy outside, it is often wet in our wash area. Some other items to bring include:
- hat for the sun
- work gloves
- bottle of water
- food (snacks and brown bag lunch)
- a good sense of humor and a good attitude
Best Times to Volunteer
The best time to join us for a volunteer experience tends to be Monday through Saturday from early June through Mid-October. While farming is indeed a year round job, we find that it is best to have volunteers join us during the most active part of our growing season. We schedule volunteers to join the crew during normal work hours. While our weekdays usually begin at 6 am and go until 5 pm, volunteers can choose to join us after breakfast break (around 8:50 am) and leave at lunch (1 pm). Wednesday and Saturday schedules only go until 12 pm.
Volunteering one day at a time works best, though we are open to arranging other lengths of volunteer stays. We are currently unable to accommodate volunteers overnight.
How to Sign Up
If you are interested in volunteering at the farm, please send an email at least 2 weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make the subject read “Volunteer Request” and address the following information:
- Your name
- Are you a shareholder? If so, for how many years?
- Any previous expierence working on a farm
- Any physical concerns regarding work load
- The date(s) you wish to volunteer
- Any further questions about volunteering
After reviewing your email, we will do our best to quickly make arrangements for your visit, and email you back. Thanks!