PO Box 920877

Needham, MA 02492

781-343-1106

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Volunteer
Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Do I need any experience?

A:  No, we'll train you and/or find jobs that work for you.

Q:  Do I need to sign a waiver?

A:  Yes, everyone who volunteers needs to sign a waiver.  

Q:  What should I wear?

A:  Clothes that can get dirty!  Also, wear boots or close-toed footwear.  Flip-flops or open-toed shoes are not permitted.  Long pants are recommended.  

Q:  Do I need to bring anything?

A:  Work gloves are helpful, and we also have some that you can borrow.   Also, please bring a water bottle - we do not have drinking water at the farm site.

Q:  What happens if it rains on a volunteer day?

A:  The vegetables still need to be harvested, even in the rain!  Come on out - we'll be there, even in the rain.

Q:  My children wish to volunteer.  Do I need to accompany them and volunteer along with them?

A:  We ask that all youth 12 years and younger be accompanied by an adult or an older sibling (at least 15 years old) who will volunteer along with them.

Q:  I would like to bring my child or children with me to volunteer.  What ages can participate?

A:  Although we welcome all ages to volunteer, tasks vary over the course of the growing season.  On a given day, there is a chance that we may not have tasks available that are appropriate for very young children, though they are still welcome to come and enjoy the Farm while supervised by their parent or guardian. 

Q:  I would like to volunteer, but am not available on Tuesday or Saturday mornings.  Is there another day/time when I can help out?

A:  Please see our Special Volunteer Roles page.  Many of these include options for volunteering with the Farm on a flexible schedule.

Q:  Why are more days and times not available for volunteering?

A:  Like most not-for-profit farms in the area, we have a limited staff.  We must balance the need for program development, administration, and production farming time (including many behind-the-scenes tasks) with leading and supporting volunteers in tasks.  We hope that the flexible schedules of the Special Volunteer Roles can make it possible for you to join us.

Q:  I have a physical limitation, challenge, or injury.  Is it still possible for me to volunteer?

A:  Yes - thank you for your interest!  We strive to make volunteer opportunities inclusive for all.  Please contact us directly to discuss your needs, or see our Special Volunteer Roles.  Many of these include options for volunteering with the Farm that do not involve physically demanding tasks.