Volunteering

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There are two ways to help on the farm:

Volunteer — donate your time so that we may distribute more food to low income families. 

Workshare — work five hours in exchange for a week's "share" of produce.

SCHEDULE

Mid-May through Mid-November

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (any 5 hour block between those hours)
Activities:  Field work (weeding, planting, mulching, etc)
To sign up: Advanced notice is helpful.  Call 301-627-4662.
Number of volunteers we need per day: 20-30
Maximum number of worksharers per day: 10
Worksharer pickup: Pick your own share or come during our regular share pick-up later in the week.

Wednesday

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Activities:  Harvesting
To sign up: Call 301-627-4662 at least one day in advance.
Number of volunteers we need per day: 20-30
Maximum number of worksharers per day: 10
Worksharer pickup: When you leave (3pm or later)

Saturday

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities:  Harvesting
To sign up: Call 301-627-4662.
Number of volunteers we need per day: 20-30
Maximum number of worksharers per day: 10
Worksharer pickup: When you leave.


January through Mid-February

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities:  Mostly office work, some outdoor work
To sign up: Call 301-627-4662 to discuss what you would like to do and schedule a day to help.
Number of volunteers we need per day: a few
Maximum number of worksharers per day: 0
Worksharer pickup: N/A


Mid-February through Mid-May

Most Mondays through Fridays; Some Saturdays

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities:  Greenhouse work, potting trees, office work, some field prep and planting beginning in March
To sign up: Call 301-627-4662.
Number of volunteers we need per day: 12-20
Maximum number of worksharers per day: 5 (April and May only)
Worksharer pickup: Beginning in April, you can "bank" hours, to be redeemed during the harvest season.

What to Bring and Wear

Please plan to get dirty. And please dress for the weather—rain gear if it might rain, warm layers if it will be cold, and light-colored, light-weight clothes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen if it will be hot. Always bring a water bottle. We have plenty of fresh water to re-fill your bottle. We have extra long-sleeve shirts and gloves to protect you against irritating plants, but you might prefer to wear your own. We also recommend bringing a spare pair of long pants if you don't plan to wear them, since some of our crops, such as squash and okra, can be itchy. 

  • Download a health form and leave it signed with us when you arrive, or adults may fill one out when they get to the farm.

If you will be here during lunch, bring food with you. And please take your garbage home with you, since food waste tends to attract pests when left in our garbage cans.

Facilities

There are no air-conditioned rooms on the farm, but we do have barns where groups can meet or eat their lunch. We have two composting toilets near the washing station, and we have hydrants where you can wash hands and refill water bottles.

Conditions

We do work on rainy days.  If you are bringing a large group and rain is forecast, call so we can discuss whether to postpone, or if extra rain gear is needed.

Directions

Click here for directions to the farm

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