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 low income families. 

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

Schedule

Mid-May through Mid-November

Tuesday, Wednesday, 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) and harvesting.
To sign up: Call 301-627-4662 to reserve your time.
Number of volunteers we need per day: 10
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.

Mid-February through Mid-May

Check back in 2021 for scheduling updates.

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. 

And please remember your CDC-approved mask (neck gaiters and bandanas are not allowed as acceptable face coverings for any CBF activity).

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 plan on coming 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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