Volunteering

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Volunteers harvest vegetables at Clagett Farm.

Kristin Carbone

There are two ways to help on the farm:

Volunteer — donate your time so that we may distribute more food to families with lower incomes. 

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

Schedule

Mid-February through Mid-May

TBD for 2023

Mid-May through Mid-November

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities:  Field work (weeding, planting, mulching, etc) and harvesting in the vegetable operation and native tree nursery.
To sign up: Register online through the CBF Event Calendar. Available dates will be listed.
Number of volunteers we need per day: 10

Workshare: Wednesday and Saturday

Hours:
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Harvesting for the CSA pickup
To sign up: Email David Tana at dtana@cbf.org for additional information.
Worksharer pickup: Pick your own share during our regular share pick-up times at the farm.

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. 

COVID-19 vaccination and masking is not required for outdoor activities, but we recommend you social distance while working on 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 a picnic area 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 there is severely inclement weather in the forecast and we need to cancel your shift, you will be emailed the night before or called the morning of the event at the contact information you provide on your health form.

Directions

Click here for directions to the farm

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