Volunteer for LexFarm

We LOVE volunteers!

One of the best ways to learn what it takes to grow the local food we all love is to volunteer at LexFarm. Volunteers help with veggies and herbs in the field, the greenhouses, and in the farm store. They help the land and building crew. And, they help with administrative and leadership roles. Volunteers expand our capacity and help create a sense of community.

There are volunteer opportunities at LexFarm for individuals, families and groups. We strive to accommodate volunteers within the constraints of operating a working farm that feeds thousands of people. Most volunteer opportunities are for people 16 years and older, although we do have some farm tasks that lend themselves to younger people.

Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for volunteers and staff alike. All volunteers must register and sign our updated Release and Waiver of Liability each year which acknowledges the inherent risks posed by volunteering on a working farm. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the form.

Register and Sign Waiver

Volunteer Opportunities

Field Work

June – October
Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, adults 18+
Second Saturday morning of each month, 10:00 am – 12 noon, all ages*

Tasks vary from week to week. They can include field preparation like spreading compost, weeding, cleaning fields to prepare for new harvests, and general farm maintenance.

Volunteers must be prepared to walk on uneven ground, kneel, bend, lift heavy items safely, and get a little dirty! The work can be challenging. It’s also exceptionally satisfying and gratifying to take part in a little piece of your local food system.

Sign up for WednesdaysSign up for 2nd Saturdays

*For Saturday mornings, while all ages are welcome, children under the ages of 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Unaccompanied minors, ages 16 and 17, must have their parent/guardian sign their waiver form.

Youth Crew

July – August
4 Thursday mornings in July or August, 9:00 – 11:00 am
July dates:
7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28
August dates:
8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25

High school students ages 16 and older are welcome to join the Youth Crew. Each session will start with a brief update about the farm and a practical lesson about the work of the day. We then will move onto essential farming tasks like field preparation, weeding, trellising, pruning, and/or spreading compost and woodchips.

Youth Crew is a great way to learn about what it takes to grow healthy, fresh produce, and to run a certified-organic farm. Farming is physically demanding. You need to be able to lift, bend, and kneel repeatedly. We work in all weather conditions—hot or cold, wet or dry. The only thing that brings us out of the field is dangerous weather (e.g., lightning or tornadoes). There is no such thing as poor weather, only poor clothing, so come prepared with proper clothing and accessories (i.e., rain gear if it’s raining, hat and sunscreen if it is sunny, etc.).

To join the Youth Crew, you must sign up for four consecutive Thursday (2-hour) sessions during the months of July or August. See dates above. Youth Crew members can earn community service hours. Youth Crew is limited to 10 participants each session.

Parent/Guardian Read and Sign Waiver Sign up for Youth Crew

Farm Stewardship Crew

Help us maintain and care for the land that feeds us. Although the farmers and their crew manage the fields and greenhouses for growing food, we count on volunteers to assist our staff and board with all the non-farming activities that support the operation and stewardship of a welcoming community farm. Throughout the year, individual and group volunteers maintain the buildings, field edges (e.g., clearing invasive species), the learning garden and participate in beautification projects, such as planting bulbs near the front sign and entrance.

If you are interested in volunteering occasionally or regularly, individually or as part of a group when projects are organized, please contact Mark Manasas at [email protected]..

Farm Store

May – October
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:30 – 2:00 pm or 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Often, LexFarm’s store serves as a hub of the community, offering CSA distribution, fresh vegetables and fruit, local cheeses, meats, condiments, breads and more. And, this Spring, you will find a newly redesigned space.

Volunteering in the farm store is a great way to connect with farm visitors, customers, members and shareholders, and to learn about farm operations. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to one hour each week. Tasks in the farm stand include moving produce bins, quality control, cleaning, merchandising, arranging flowers and stocking. Contact Alexandra Wolf at [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer Groups

April – October
Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, as needed

We love when volunteers come together and work at our farm. You help us care for the farm and improve the farmland and the infrastructure, while strengthening bonds between your co-workers, faith communities, ad hoc groups, family or friends.

Work with our farm team on larger group-oriented projects. Depending upon the season and the farm’s needs, projects include building compost bins, clearing invasive species, minor construction, spreading wood chips or compost, preparing fields for transplanting, maintaining greenhouse and farmstand, and participating in bulk harvests.

This opportunity is perfect for groups looking to get outside and work as a team. A minimum of 10 volunteers is required. A donation is encouraged to cover the costs of planning and purchasing materials to accommodate larger groups. Email [email protected].

Special Events and Projects

April – October
Days and times vary

Throughout the year, LexFarm hosts events and leads projects that engage the community in and about the farm. All of these activities are volunteer-run. Get to know more of the farm community, take care of the farm, support our community building efforts, and have FUN!

  • Patriots’ Day Parade
  • Seedling sale
  • Earth Day farm tours
  • Discovery Day
  • Music and Arts performances/installations
  • Harvest Festival
  • Pop up events and socials

Contact [email protected].