Volunteer on the Farm
Our Volunteer Program offers opportunities for individuals, families and groups to participate in the life of LexFarm. We strive to accommodate as many volunteers as possible, within the constraints of operating a professionally managed farm operation. Most volunteer opportunities are for people 16 years and older, although we do have a few farm tasks that lend themselves to people as young as five. Volunteer work happens in the fields, greenhouses, around the farm property and in Board of Director and committee meetings.
Field Work: Experience the rewards and challenges of growing vegetables the old-fashioned way. LexFarm is a working farm; our field volunteers do work that is often physically challenging and always rewarding. Join us April through November as we prepare the fields, plant, hoe, mulch and harvest organically-grown vegetables and fruit. No experience is needed. To learn more about our field work, when we need volunteers and to sign up, click on Field Work Volunteer Sign Up.
Greenhouse Work: Enjoy the warmth of our cozy greenhouses while winter’s chill is still in the air! We start up our greenhouses in February, and by April, we are potting up thousands of flower, tomato, pepper, eggplant and herb seedlings. Greenhouse work is well suited to folks whose backs and knees have seen better days. No experience is needed. To learn more about our greenhouse work, when we need volunteers and to sign up, click on Greenhouse Work Volunteer Sign Up.
Want to volunteer in the fields or greenhouses, but don’t see a time that works for you? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Property Work: Get a taste of what it takes to keep a modern farm in working order. Join us as we maintain, repair, improve and build farm infrastructure. Farmers have always had to be jacks-of-all-trades, needing a broad skill set to keep the farm running smoothly. Luckily, you don’t need a broad skill set; we will teach you what you need to know. To learn about the next farm property project we’ve got planned and to sign up, click on Farm Property Volunteer Sign Up.
Want to help with farm property work, but don’t see a project that’s for you? Contact the Property Committee chairperson, Mark Gabrenya, via email at email@example.com.
Interested in Something Else?
Communications: The Communications Committee keeps LexFarm members informed about what’s happening at the farm and in our community. We publish a monthly newsletter and seasonal, weekly CSA updates, as well as maintain the Farm’s social media and website. Currently we are looking for volunteers with web design and social media skills. We are also looking for people who enjoy writing and would like to get involved in publicity. Contact Communication Committee chairperson, Mary Rose Scozzafava, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website: We are looking for a volunteer to assist with maintaining our current custom WordPress website. There are no design responsibilities in this position, just posting board approved articles and information, maintaining active links and providing statistical data to staff and board directors. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
Development: The Development Committee is responsible for fundraising to support LexFarm programs. We connect with members and corporate donors through calls and emails, farm tours and thank you events and we generate a year-end appeal mailing. This committee also plans and executes one fundraising event and one cultivation event next year. We are currently looking for two people to join our committee to help us write fundraising materials and with donor outreach, and two people with event planning experience to lead our event planning efforts. Contact Development Committee chairperson, Sue Schiffer, via email at VicePresident@lexfarm.org.
Board Development: The Nominating and Board Development Committee is responsible for finding new Board members and for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Board of Directors. We are always eager to interview potential Board of Director members with experience on working on nonprofit Boards. Contact Sue Schiffer via email at VicePresident@lexfarm.org if you would like information about volunteering on our Board of Directors.
Education: The Education Committee builds farm-based curriculum, creates on-farm educational signs, leads or administrators on- and off-farm programs, runs children activities during farm events, works with local schools, and helps with fundraising for educational activities. We are looking for individuals who are interested in educating the community about sustainable agriculture, local food and organic practices. We welcome teachers, students, parents and anyone who has a passion for teaching the community (and learning along with them) about just where our food comes from. Contact Education Committee chairperson, Amanda Maltais, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.