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As part of our desire to educate our community about sustainable farming practices, we have designed a series of workshops to teach you the skills you need to farm, whether you’re headed to a career in agriculture or your own backyard.
We love having volunteers join us in our daily work of coaxing sprouts, wrangling hoses, and feeding chickens. Not only can the work be quicker and easier, we really enjoy meeting our customers, making farm friends, and having people with new perspectives jump into the midst. We often find that volunteers have a pretty good time too. Volunteering is a great way to enrich your relationship with your food.
What to Expect:
As a volunteer you be thrown right into the daily activities of the crew. Depending on the day and the season you may be asked to help harvest, weed, transplant, wash vegetables, pack orders, or partake in other tasks. There is always something to do on the farm. So overall, expect to be put to work! Also, expect to be put to work outside, regardless of the weather.
Since you will likely be asked to work outside, it is very important to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and that are suitable for the day’s weather conditions. It is often a good idea to wear layers, as the temperature tends to fluctuate throughout the day, depending on which area of the farm you are assigned to (i. e. greenhouse vs field work). Footwear is also something important to be considered. Please wear study work shoes. Flip-flops and other less durable shoes are not suitable for farm work (including fire ant attacks!). Some other items to bring include:
2.Hat for the sun
4.A bottle of water
5.A sense of humor and a good attitude
We have two volunteer shifts each weekday (Monday- Friday). The first one starts at 8 am and goes through noon. The second shift start at 1pm and goes through 5pm. In order to give you the best experience possible and also to be fair to our time, we ask that you show up promptly at the beginning of your chosen shift. This allows us to thoroughly train you and answer any questions before we start on our own duties.
Please plan to commit at least 2 hours to your volunteer time. This allows us time to properly train you and explain the tasks as well as time for you to clean up and return tools at the end of your shift.
We enjoy a noon meal together each day, and we love it when our volunteers stay for this. It gives us time to get to know you better and talk about other things than farm work. (We promise we other interests than how to properly thin carrots. We’re actually quite well rounded people.) The meal is a potluck, so if you plan to attend, please bring a dish to share. We normally provide a big seasonal salad.
How to Start:
If you are interested in volunteering at the farm, please send an email at least 2 weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make the subject read “Volunteer Request” and address the following information:
2.The date (s) and you wish to volunteer, including which shift (8 am or 1pm)
3.Any physical concerns you think will affect your work
4.Any previous experience working on a farm
5.Any other questions you may have
After reviewing your email, we will try our best to quickly make arrangements for your visit. Though, please be patient with us, as we do not always have the time and resources to promptly respond. Thanks!
City Roots internships are for those individuals who are serious about farming. While no prior experience is required, genuine interest in sustainable farming and a willingness to learn are required. Those who are accepted as interns will be welcomed into the inner workings of the farm. In addition to daily chores and seasonal activities, the intern will be a part of all aspects of the farm, from field planning to sales and marketing to financial accounting. Only 5-7 internships are available each season. While the start and end dates are flexible, we require that each internship last at least 3 months and that interns commit to at least 20 hours a week on the farm. This allows for time to truly get to know each aspect of what we do and for genuine learning to take place. We will work with your school if you need academic credit for your internship. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer monetary compensation at this time, but we will pay you richly in experience and vegetables.