Do You Have Community Service Hours to Complete?
High School Students
Over the years, many students have come to the Farm to engage in meaningful volunteer work, perform senior internships, and complete community service hours. This historic Farm, in the midst of a suburban landscape, provides an unique opportunity for students of all ages to connect to the Earth and the abundant knowledge needed for producing the food that fuels us.
Take the first step! Please email our volunteer coordinator, Christine, with a short paragraph describing who you are, if you have any experience working on a farm before, and why you are interesed in spending time at our farm. The next step is to set up a time to meet. We invite all prospective volunteers to walk around the farm, meet our farm staff, and get a sense of the activities that happen on a farm in action.
Scheduling: Your schedule for community service hours will be determined during your initial visit with the School Programs Coordinator. Once a student has met the farmers and has been accepted to perform community-service hours, particular dates and times will be scheduled. Students must bring the paperwork required by their school and commit to a mutually-agreeable schedule.
Times: Students complete community service hours Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. during the school year, including during school-vacation weeks. We DO NOT offer weekend or summer hours for community-service work.
Working: Community-service hours are spent doing a variety of tasks depending upon the season. Students must schedule dates / times to come to the Farm and are assigned tasks upon arrival. All volunteer work is seasonally dependent; some examples include weeding, transplanting seedlings, harvesting, animal chores, winterizing our garden beds, collecting sap from maple sugar trees, bottling syrup for sale, working on maintenance of farm tools, clearing our nature trails, and helping with composting. All students receive supervision starting and ending tasks, but may be left to complete tasks individually or with other students. Farm staff will always supervise students when working with the animals. All volunteers are expected to arrive on time, dressed to work, and exhibit appropriate public behavior at all times. As a community farm, we welcome people of all ages and walks of life and expect to maintain an atmosphere of respect for all who come by.
We have a long tradition of welcoming groups from schools and other organizations to participate in community service work-days at the Farm. We offer work-days Monday through Thursday, from 9 am - 4:30 pm. A group is four or more school-aged students, church members, scouts, or participants from other youth organizations. All groups must be accompanied by an age-appropriate ratio of adults who will work alongside them. We ask for a minimum of three hours of work per visit. As groups require additional farm staff to ensure participants' experiences are educational, safe, productive, and rewarding, our fee is $5 per volunteer. For visits that are longer than 3 hours, our fee is $8 per volunteer. If you would like to include an hour long educational program to compliment group work, our fee is $11 per student.
Please contact us to set up a date!
We also welcome corporate groups as well as individuals to participate in meaningful farm work. We offer work days Monday through Thursday. Work groups are limited to 12 adults. Please contact us to set up a date.