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Volunteer

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.

We are now able to welcome children back to the farm following these guidelines:
  • Children 15 and younger may volunteer when accompanied by an adult volunteer
  • Teenagers 16 and older are welcome to volunteer on their own

All Growing to Give staff members are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Following the updated CDC guidelines, Growing to Give is updating our guidelines for volunteers as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated volunteers are not required to wear a mask when working on the farm, although anyone is welcome to continue wearing a mask if they choose.
  • Fully vaccinated volunteers are not required to physically distance when working outside or in the greenhouse/tunnels.
  • Volunteers who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and practice physical distancing
  • Do not come to the farm if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days.
  • Let us know immediately if you or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 the week after you volunteer.

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.

Fieldwork with school groups

We are beginning to welcome small school groups back to the farm while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. 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.

Fix-it Team

The volunteer “Fix-it Team” helps our farm crew with seasonal installation and basic maintenance of farm structures (mostly hoop houses), irrigation and clean water systems, electric fencing, tools, equipment, and structures. Most Fix-it Team volunteers will volunteer for two hours, 2x per month, although that could vary, and the day-of-week/time-of-day can be set to match the preferences of each volunteer. We are looking for volunteers who are skilled and experienced with a wide range of hand and power tools, materials, and fasteners. Of course, members of the Fix-it Team will be provided with the necessary details regarding the specific systems in use at Growing to Give, and licensed electricians, plumbers, etc. will be engaged whenever needed.

Mowing Team

Mowing volunteers help keep the grass at bay in the grassy areas surrounding the Growing to Give growing beds. Volunteers can either ride the new Cub Cadet electric riding lawn mower, or if they’re looking for more exercise, they can operate one of the two electric push mowers (all are powered by “clean” electricity – woohoo!). Most mowing volunteers mow for a couple of hours weekly or every other week (a full charge on the riding mower lasts about 2 hours of hard mowing) from 10-12 or 12-2 (any day of the week is fine).

“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 plans a number of fundraising events throughout the year and all of these events rely on volunteer help. Tasks might include hanging posters, selling tickets, set-up, registration, serving food and beverages, clean-up, or help in other capacities. Contact Patty Carton at patty@growingtogive.farm if you would like to help with upcoming events!

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

The schedule of volunteer work sessions is available! Click on the button below to go to the schedule where you can register and sign up for 2-hour volunteer spots. If you are a new volunteer, please submit the New Volunteer Application Form first.  We look forward to seeing you on the farm!

Questions

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