Volunteer

Our Workshare Volunteers help fulfill our mission of connecting people to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. Land’s Sake Farm relies on support from the surrounding communities in many ways, and volunteers are a vital piece of how we get the job done.

If you are interested in becoming a Land’s Sake Workshare Volunteer, please first review the position descriptions below and decide what would be the best fit for you. Please note that our staff are only able to support a certain number of workshare volunteers in a given area, and slots may fill quickly. The department manager will contact you to discuss the volunteer program and position further and agree on schedule commitments. Please wait to sign the agreement until directed to do so by our Farm Team. If you have questions about our volunteer opportunities, please contact us at info@landssake.org. Thank You in advance for your support and can’t wait to get farming!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

We are at full capacity for the 2021 Season, thank you!

  • Work hours are from 8am - 12pm, one day a week (slots are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), for 20 weeks (weeks in June 7th- October 18th). 
  • CSA Field Workshares work directly with our farmers to harvest and wash produce for the CSA. Tasks include harvesting in various fields, moving heavy bins, and rinsing and weighing produce. If time permits, workshares may perform other farm work. 
  • CSA Field Workshares must be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds and working in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rainy, etc.). A quick pace and an eye for quality control are necessary to ensure that our vegetables are ready to distribute to members. 

*CSA Field Workshares receive a Full Weekly CSA Veggie Share

For inquires or to volunteer, please email JT at jt@landssake.org.

  • Work hours are from either 1:45pm-6pm Tuesdays, or 1:45pm-6pm Thursdays, or 10:45am-3pm Saturdays, for 20 weeks (week of June 7th- October 18th).  Tent monitors will commit to one of these slots for the entirety of the regular CSA season. Winter share (Nov.-Dec) opportunities are available as well.
  • CSA Tent Monitors are the face of the CSA, providing a welcoming and friendly visitor experience. Monitors will greet shareholders, help them navigate their pick-ups, pass along important information, relay feedback to farmers, and answer questions. They are also responsible for restocking and maintaining CSA displays, and may need to lift up to 30 pounds. Farm staff will ensure proper training on both the produce and procedures of the CSA and customer service procedures.

*Tent Monitors receive a Full Weekly CSA Veggie Share.

For inquires or to volunteer, please email Heather at heather@landssake.org.

  • Work hours are from either 1:45pm-6pm Tuesdays, or 1:45pm-6pm Thursdays, or 10:45am-3pm Saturdays, for 20 weeks (June 7th- October 18th).  PYO Guides will commit to one of these slots for the entirety of the regular CSA season.
  • Pick Your Own Guides will guide members around the farm with direction throughout Pick Your Own offerings, including flowers, herbs, cherry tomatoes, etc.  Farm staff members will inform guides as to what and where everything is on the farm, and expect that knowledge to be passed onto our members and visitors alike. This position also serves as a backup Tent Monitor to ensure we have a tent monitor on hand at all times during CSA pick up. PYO Guides may also be asked to perform miscellaneous farm tasks during their shift, including weeding and deadheading.
  • PYO Guides must be capable of lifting up to 30 pounds and working in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rainy, etc.). This position requires the ability to work independently, with guidance from the farm team.

    *PYO Guides receive a Full Weekly CSA Veggie Share.

    For inquires or to volunteer, please email Heather at heather@landssake.org.
  • Work hours are more flexible and tasks revolve around the planting & growing schedule.This position plays an important role in keeping Land’s Sake’s Pick-Your-Own Flower & Veggie Gardens beautiful and flowering productively throughout the year. Work primarily consists of weeding young plantings, dead-heading flowers, maintaining garden paths, assisting with transplanting and removal of plants, as well as other farm tasks as directed.
  • The perennial and herb gardens at the front of the farm welcome people to Land’s Sake. As soon as the snow clears and the ground warms up, plants may need to be divided, deadheaded, or pruned. Throughout the season, tasks will include weeding, mulching, deadheading spent blooms, and watering. At the end of the season, plants may need to be cut back. 
  • Weeding Workshares must be capable of lifting up to 30 pounds and working in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rainy, etc.). This position requires the ability to work independently, with guidance from the farm team. *Weeding Workshares receive a weekly flower/herb/PYO Share.

    For inquires or to volunteer, please email JT at jt@landssake.org.
  • Work hours are flexible, and consist of half an hour to an hour of animal care once weekly. 
  • Spring, Fall and Winter volunteers feed our chickens and bunnies one day each week.
  • Summer volunteers must be available at 5pm to help put our goats to bed, and will also quickly check on the chickens and rabbits. 
  • Animal volunteers will be trained on all aspects of animal care, but previous animal or pet care experience is encouraged. Duties include feeding, changing the water, and cleaning cages/coops.
  • Animal Volunteers must be capable of lifting up to 20 pounds and working in all weather -- lifting 50 pounds is preferred, but rarely necessary. 

*Animal volunteers receive bunny snuggles, goat head butts, and occasional egg bonuses.

For inquires or to volunteer, please email Katrina at katrina@landssake.org.

Our Junior Leader program gives youth entering 9th-12th grade hands-on leadership experience working with various aspects of our farm. We will have a variety of Junior Leader positions available for the summer of 2021.

Full-Farm Junior Leaders will join us for one or more full weeks  between June 28th and August 20th. They will be on site from 8:30-3 Monday-Friday and assist with a variety of projects, helping in the education garden, farm fields, farmstand and CSA tent.

Project-Based Junior Leaders will take a leadership role in a specific area of the farm, joining us for a few hours each week during the growing season to learn and assist in a particular area. The details for each opportunity are below.

CSA Junior Leaders:

  • Tuesdays OR Thursdays from 2-6pm, June 1st-August 28th
  • Help at the CSA tent, setting up, guiding pick-your-own customers and restocking

Event Junior Leaders:

  • Thursdays from 5-7pm as needed
  • Help us during our supper club pickups and and other events

Flower Junior Leader:

  • 4 hours a week on one weekday (exact schedule flexible)
  • Help in the flower garden, weeding and tending
  • Work directly with our flower manager

Farm Workshop Junior Leader:

  • Fridays from 5-7pm, June 1st-October 2nd
  • Assist during our Farm Workshops, helping set up, clean up, and manage the class

Garden Junior Leader:

  • 4 hours on a Tuesday OR Wednesday morning (schedule flexible) June 28th-August 27th
  • Help tend to the education garden, including weeding, watering, pest control, and repairs

If you are interested in the Junior Leader opportunities, fill out the application here, or email education@landssake.org for more information.

Land’s Sake considers volunteer requests from groups on a case by case basis depending on the nature of work available and the size of the group. Typically, we have farm volunteer work available that can include weeding, stone removal, plastic removal, and harvesting vegetables for donation. We are pleased to engage corporate and community groups in farm work from April through October.

Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible contribution of $500/corporate group or $10-$20/individual for community groups. This suggested donation helps defray the costs associated with organizing, leading, and educating groups, ensuring our ability to offer meaningful service learning experiences. Thank you for your support!

For inquires or to volunteer, please email Heather at heather@landssake.org.

Workshare Volunteer Policies 

All Workshare Volunteers are subject to the following policies: 

  • Workshare Volunteering begins early June and continues through to the end of October, to fit the twenty-week schedule of the CSA and farm season. Arrangements may be made in advance with the farm team to adjust your individual schedule, but we ask to keep continuity throughout the season.
  • Similarly, if you are ill, injured, or have an emergency that will cause you to miss your shift, please contact a department manager as soon as possible via email or phone. 
  • Workshare Volunteers are expected to arrive and end their shifts on time. Multiple absences or lateness may result in being asked to leave the program. 
  • Farm work can be physically strenuous and workers may be subject to sudden weather changes. We recommend dressing in layers with long sleeves and pants, wearing closed toed shoes, and bringing a hat. We also recommend bringing sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks if desired, rain gear if needed, and gloves if preferred. 
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