Volunteer on the Farm

2018 CSA Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteer schedule for the CSA, Market Garden and Farm Stands starts in May. 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, fill out the Chatfield Farms Volunteer Application.

Contact our Volunteer Services Department at chatfieldvol@botanicgardens.org with any questions.

We are also searching for Volunteer Shareholders who would like to take their commitment to a higher level with the CSA. "Working Shares," or volunteer shareholders, are out in the field harvesting or distributing vegetables for three hours a week (a total of 60 hours) in exchange for a $230 discount for a full share or $125 discount for a small share--about 40% off the share price.

In order to receive your volunteer discount, you will need to sign up for a CSA volunteer position with chatfieldvol@botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-4340 for information on how to be a volunteer shareholder. 

These positions are very important to the CSA and weekly attendance is mandatory (we realize people go on vacation and we can be flexible).

Weekly Schedules
Community Supporting Agriculture

Volunteers will help harvest, weed and work in our five-acre CSA fields.
Tuesdays: 7-10 a.m.
Thursdays: 7-10 a.m.
Fridays: 7-10 a.m.
Mid-May until mid-October.

Market Garden
Volunteers will help harvest, weed and work in our 1.5 acre Market Garden.
Shifts are still TBD.

Cut Flower Garden/Bouquet Production:
Tuesdays: 8-11 a.m.
Thursdays: 8-11 a.m.
Mid-June until Mid-October.
Volunteers will help with general weeding and garden maintenance. The flower harvest in the Cutting Garden happens at the beginning of each shift. After cutting the flowers in the field, volunteers will head to the washstand (indoors) to assemble mixed bouquets for sale later that day or at our markets.

*Volunteering in the flower fields does not happen until mid-June, or until there are enough flowers for harvest.

CSA Distributions:
Tuesdays: York St. 3:30-7 p.m.
Thursdays: Chatfield Farms 3:30-7 p.m.
Volunteers help with the set-up for distribution by assembling tables with produce and signs. The volunteers will help keep produce stocked throughout the distribution, greet members and assist them with collecting their weekly share. At the end of the distribution, the volunteers will assist with cleaning up and breaking down the distribution. This position works directly with our shareholders and a friendly, outgoing personality is a must. Knowledge of cooking locally is also a great benefit. Because these shifts are slightly longer than field shifts, volunteers will come home with left over produce occasionally and will meet their 60 hours earlier in the season. This position is required to do light lifting, cleaning with cleaning products and unloading bins from a truck.

Farm Stand Support:
Additional days TBD
Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Connect with communities in need of good food! Head out into the city and help unload our veggie truck, sell reduced-price produce to customers and connect people to nutritional tips. Engage with new people and discuss gardening, nutrition and food access. Being comfortable in urban environments a must, as well as communicating with folks who do not speak English.

All new volunteers (non-shareholders) will need to attend a volunteer orientation with Volunteer Services. We also will have a farm volunteer training day. 

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.