Volunteer

2016 CSA Volunteer Opportunities 

We will begin our volunteer schedule for the CSA in May 2016. No prior experience required, just a passion for gardening, agriculture, local food or simply being outside in nature with your hands in the dirt! If you are interested in this uniquely satisfying volunteer opportunity, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at chatfieldvol@botanicgardens.org with any questions about volunteering. Chatfield Volunteer Application.

We are looking for CSA volunteers to help harvest, weed, and work on the farm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 7-10 a.m. May through the end of October. We also are looking for Market Garden volunteers on Thursday and Sunday from 7a.m. to 10a.m. to help out with growing for our farm stands/markets. 

We are also searching for Volunteer Shareholders who would like to take their commitment to a higher level with the CSA. Volunteer Shareholders work three hours a week with us (a total of 60 hours) in exchange for a $180 discount on their vegetable share purchase. These positions are very important to the CSA and weekly attendance is mandatory (we realize people go on vacation and we can be flexible). For more information on the Volunteer Shareholder program please email phil.cordelli@botanicgardens.org 

All new volunteers (non - shareholders) will need to attend a volunteer orientation with Volunteer Services.  We also will have a volunteer training day on April 23rd at 10 a.m. - meet at the visitor center. For all working and non-working FIELD volunteers we will begin regular shifts May 17th, and distribution volunteers start with our first CSA distribution on May 31.

At this time, we are not offering any spaces to volunteer at our weekly distributions. As the season progresses, we will update this page if help is needed.

General Description of Tasks
All volunteer positions will include a variety of tasks. There is not a volunteer job that focuses on one activity so each volunteer should be prepared to learn and try out the various tasks we offer.

Weeding 
While weeding, the volunteers will spend a lot of time on their knees and bent over. We will be primarily using handheld hoes to weed the beds in the CSA.

Harvest 
Volunteers will help harvest the CSA produce of the week which will be dependent on the time of year. Tasks will range from digging up roots, harvesting herbs, and greens, to picking squash, cucumbers, and other vegetables.

Market Garden 
Volunteers can sign up for our newer project in the market garden, assisting our Market Grower in harvesting, weeding, and transplanting throughout the season.
Thursday or Sundays - 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Distribution
These volunteers will help with the set up for distribution by assembling tables with produce and signs. The volunteers will help keep produce stocked throughout the distribution, time, greet members and assist them with collecting their weekly share. At the end of the distribution, the volunteers will assist with clean up and breaking down the distribution. At this time, we are not offering any spaces to volunteer at our weekly distributions. As the season progresses, we will update this page if help is needed.

Each season we (as staff and volunteers) become part of a farming family. You will be invited to join us for a few potlucks/appreciation parties throughout the season.

 

 

Field volunteers and staff in the Herb Garden on harvest day