How Can i get involved on the farm?
- We host open workday every first Saturday of the month as part of our First Saturday programming. These workdays are open to the public - no application required. Please sign up in advance to make sure you get a spot. We do take walk-ins if and when we have extra space, but spots fill up fast so it is best to sign up ahead of time so we can know to expect you.
- If you would like the make an ongoing commitment to the farm, please considering applying to be a Workday Leader. Workday Leaders are long term volunteers who add a lot of value to the farm, and act as mentors to incoming volunteers. We ask that Workday Leaders participate in at least 2 workdays/month for 6-months to a year. Workday Leaders also get access to our calendar of trainings and workshops. Please see the position description and application below to learn more!
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO VOLUNTEER?
- We welcome all volunteers to the farm. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you must bring a signed copy of the Volunteer Registration Form with you.
- Volunteers 13-15 years old MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian/chaperon in the field.
- Volunteers under the age of 13 and family groups are welcome to explore the Youth Garden.
I AM A STUDENT. CAN I VOLUNTEER IN EXCHANGE FOR SERVICE LEARNING HOURS?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate service learners on the farm, unless you are a part of our workday leader program. If you show up for a volunteer workday expecting service learning hours, we will be unable to sign your hours, and we will have to turn you away.
In case of rough weather...
- Workdays are canceled in the case of heavy, continuous rain. Cancellations will be posted on our website and Facebook page an hour before the workday.
What to bring and wear...
- Proper farm clothes are those that you are comfortable in and don’t mind getting dirty.
- Closed toed shoes are mandatory. Long sleeves, pants, and hats for protection are encouraged, but not required.
- Bring your own hat and gloves or borrow from us.
- PLEASE REMEMBER A WATER BOTTLE TO RE-FILL!
What Workday Leaders are all about...
Volunteers who complete 50 hours on the farm will be given the title of Workday Leader. We consider Workday Leaders to be an integral part of our farm operations. Workday Leaders will participate in and lead workdays with farm staff and interns. As Workday Leaders, we encourage you to attend our ongoing staff and intern trainings, including workshops on agriculture, food systems, non-profit management, and community engagement. Workday Leaders are mentors to incoming and prospective volunteers, and be part of Veggielution’s work to build community, steward the land, celebrate the diversity of San Jose, and connect over growing and eating food together.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, as positions open up. Fill out an application here. Please direct questions about position availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commitment & Responsibilities
Duration: 6 month or 1 Year, as specified in application.
Attend at least 2 workdays/month
Participate in at least 3 trainings and workshops
Duties include: harvesting, transplanting, greenhouse work, weed management, orchard management, compost management, and more!
The Ideal Candidate for this Position has...
An interest in sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, & community building
The desire and willingness to engage in conversation with each other, members of the public, and across Veggielution programming
Respect for the dignity and intelligence of physical labor*
Willingness to work in all weather conditions
Humility and a sense of humor!
*We recognize that not everyone will be able to perform all activities that are part of the work of operating a farm. If you have a disability, or are concerned about being able to participate as a volunteer, please feel free to contact us. Farming requires all sorts skills, and there are many tasks that are less physically strenuous where we need helping hands - including plenty of greenhouse work!