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COVID-19 Volunteer Plan

Want to spend some time with great people in a beautiful setting, working with rich soil and healthy plants, in service to neighbors in need?

We hope so, because we’re looking for all kinds of volunteers – regulars, one-timers, and everything in between!

At Growing to Give, we farm using organic methods and climate-friendly techniques. Volunteers use only their hands and hand implements, no heavy equipment. You don’t need any previous experience to work with us.  Thorough instructions are provided for every task, and you might even pick up some tips for your own garden!  If you are willing to work with us, we will utilize the strengths you bring and accommodate your limitations.

While we have always been a family-friendly farm, during this time of social distancing, we have put an age restriction in place until further notice.  No children or school groups will be volunteering in the fields. Teenagers 16 or older are encouraged to volunteer if accompanied by a parent/guardian. We hope in the very near future to be able to welcome children back to the farm.

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome everyone to the Growing to Give community. We will find a way to match your gifts, passions, and interests with the perfect volunteer opportunity. Let us know where you would like to start:

Field work

Volunteers help with a variety of farming tasks, depending on what the needs are for the day. Some work will be in the fields and some will be in the greenhouse or high tunnels. Jobs might include planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, watering, weeding, mulching, spreading compost, placing hoops and row cover, thinning, staking/trellising plants, pest removal, harvesting, and plant removal and cleanup.

Field work with school groups

We have suspended visits from school groups until further notice. However, we hope to be able to welcome groups again in the fall. These groups visit the farm to donate their time to serve their community, learn about healthy food and climate-friendly farming, and gain hands-on experience working on a farm and harvesting vegetables. Volunteers who are particularly interested in working with young people are always a plus on these days, especially when we have younger children who may need assistance staying on task and discovering the many interesting aspects of a farm.

“On-call” for other projects or tasks

Want to help, but working in the garden isn’t your thing? Occasionally, there may be tasks such as stuffing and addressing envelopes, labeling postcards, poster distribution around town, etc. for which we would welcome volunteer assistance. When we have these jobs come up, it’s great to have volunteers who are able to pitch in on a case-by-case basis.

Events

Growing to Give hopes to hold two fundraising events in 2020, depending on the restrictions on large gatherings. These events require many hands to organize before the event and keep things on track the day of the event. Tasks might include hanging posters, selling tickets, set-up, registration, serving food and beverages, clean-up, or help in other capacities.

Share your talents

Do you have a talent or gift you would like to share with Growing to Give? Were you inspired at a recent event and thought of a unique way your talents might help us serve more people? Are you a musician who wants to play at the Farmyard Jam? A photographer who wants to photograph the farm? A chef who wants to help at an upcoming event? Do you have fundraising ideas? We’d love to hear from you!

We welcome new volunteers!

If you’re interested in helping, please click the button below.  We’ll be in touch soon to see how we can match your availability and interests with the opportunities at the farm.  Please be assured that your information won’t be shared with anyone else.

Sign up for a work session

If you have already filled out the “New Volunteer Application Form,” and are ready to get out in the fields, meet wonderful people, and make a difference, please sign up for a work session.

Questions

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy McDonald at volunteer@growingtogive.farm.