Volunteer

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Volunteering at The Sharing Farm provides individuals and groups with an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, while connecting to your community. You will work with others from a variety of backgrounds, bonded by a common desire to help others through their work at the farm.

Learn how to grow organic fruits and vegetables year round in Richmond in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Depending on the season, we have regular volunteer hours most days of the week.

To become a volunteer with us please review the following steps:

  1. Carefully read through the following job descriptions
  2. Fill out an online registration form and indicate which positions you’d like to apply for
  3. You should be contacted within 1 week by a farm coordinator with more information
  4. Attend a training/information/interview with a farm coordinator
  5. Fill out an emergency contact form, liability waiver and sign your job description
  6. Have fun!

  • Corporate Volunteering

    We invite the corporate community to bring your work teams for a fun, hands-on, relatively dirt-filled day. Corporate Volunteering at The Sharing Farm is an economical way  to build team spirit while assisting the less fortunate and giving back to the community.
    Depending on the time of year, activities can include planting or harvesting vegetables, compost building, weeding, and construction projects.
    Your company builds on it’s corporate social responsibility by willing to invest in the community. Employees are offered an alternative environment in which to interact and bond. Volunteers enjoy a day in an invigorating outdoor environment. Groups of 10-80 people (depending on the season) are welcome at a single time. Please see our Group Volunteer Package for more information. Group Volunteering 2014
  • Friends of the Greenhouse - Mondays and Thursdays year-round

    • This crew is charged with caring for our greenhouse and hoophouse crops under the guidance of our Greenhouse Coordinator. Lend a hand with tasks like seeding, watering, transplanting and harvesting some of the farms specialty crops. You’ll also help out in our beautiful herb garden. Lots of friendly people, less physical than field work, and working under cover is great for those rainy days. A healthy snack is provided.No gardening experience needed.  Suitable for all ages. Must be fit enough for tasks that require regular bending and kneeling.
      • Learn how to grow food year-round in Richmond
      • Meet like-minded people
      • Help people in need to obtain fresh nutritious food

      Where:  The Sharing Farm Greenhouse
      2631 Westminster Highway

      When: Year-round on Mondays and Thursdays

      Time: 10am-2pm
      (Includes a snack break)

      Notes: Orientation required. Garden gloves, hats, appropriate footwear and clothing recommended.  We have spare gloves to loan if needed.

      Commitment

      -       Come either Monday or Thursday, or come both days

      -       Minimum 20 hours over the year

      -       Attend a 30 min orientation session

      Responsibilities

      -       Arrive on time and dressed appropriately for the weather and outdoor activity (closed-toed footwear, sunscreen, raingear, etc)

      -       Treat others with professionalism and respect. Adhere to The Sharing Farm Values

      -       Contribute to a positive, fun work environment. Be conscientious and pro-active.

      -       Bring any concerns or suggestions to your assigned coordinator

      -       Attend an orientation session

      -       Practice site safety

      -       Communicate with your coordinator if you are not able to fulfill your seasonal commitment

      -       Enthusiastically tackle any of the tasks assigned to you

      Qualifications

      -       Positive, enthusiastic, reliable and a keen learner

      -       Professional and respectful attitude

      -       Willingness to try new things and to learn about sustainable agriculture

      -       Basic level of physical fitness (activities are available for a wide range of capabilities)

      -       Ability to take direction and carry out tasks

      Benefits

      -       Work in a fun team environment

      -       Gain workplace experience
      -       Contribute to our mission of growing healthy, organic food for our neighbours in need
      -       Learn new skills and meet new people

      Volunteer Registration 

  • Friends of the Fields - Saturdays

    This is a staff-led opportunity to assist us in our main fields in Terra Nova Rural Park. Lend a hand helping us with mulching, weeding, planting, and harvesting organically grown vegetables. Open to all ages and levels of ability. You will be supported by staff and work in a team to accomplish a variety of activities. Learn new things, meet new people, and have fun outside!
    Details-   CLOSED FOR THE SEASON: will restart May 2014 Commitment-       A minimum of 14 hours (we encourage you to aim for 20 hours)-       One 30min orientation session (they occur bi-weekly)Responsibilities-       Arrive on time and dressed appropriately for the weather and outdoor activity (closed-toed footwear, sunscreen, raingear, etc)

    -       Treat others with professionalism and respect. Adhere to The Sharing Farm Values

    -       Contribute to a positive, fun work environment. Be conscientious and pro-active.

    -       Bring any concerns or suggestions to your assigned coordinator

    -       Attend an orientation session

    -       Practice site safety

    -       Communicate with your coordinator if you are not able to fulfill your seasonal commitment

    -       Enthusiastically tackle any of the tasks assigned to you

    Qualifications

    -       Positive, enthusiastic, reliable and a keen learner

    -       Professional and respectful attitude

    -       Willingness to try new things and to learn about sustainable agriculture

    -       Basic level of physical fitness (activities are available for a wide range of capabilities)

    -       Ability to take direction and carry out tasks

    Benefits

    -       Work in a fun team environment

    -       Gain workplace experience

    -       Contribute to our mission of growing healthy, organic food for our neighbours in need

    -       Learn new skills and meet new people

    -       Invitation to attend monthly potlucks and end of year staff appreciation event.Volunteer Registration 

  • Friends of the Farmhouse - non-farming opportunities year-round

    This description covers a wide variety positions to do with off-farm activities such as administration, marketing, PR, events, graphic design, and more! If you have valuable skills and a desire to be a virtual volunteer then we have a number of capacities in which you can help us with our mission. These positions often come with flexible hours and we value these volunteers for their creative strengths and recognize the number of hours that go into their projects. If you have a particular expertise and would like to share it with us at the farm, please let us know!
    Where: Depending on the nature of the work, you may
    work at the farm or even in your own home.When: Year-roundTime: Set times and/or any timeCommitment-       To be decided upon with coordinator-       Job description created for each position in coordination with volunteer according to their schedule and the required tasks

    Responsibilities

    -       Be prompt and accountable

    -       Treat others with professionalism and respect. Adhere to The Sharing Farm Values

    -       Contribute to a positive, fun work environment. Be conscientious and pro-active.

    -       Bring any concerns or suggestions to your assigned coordinator

    -       Attend an orientation session

    -       Practice site safety

    -       Communicate with your coordinator if you are not able to fulfill your seasonal commitment

    -       Enthusiastically tackle any of the tasks assigned to you

    Qualifications

    -       Positive, enthusiastic, reliable and a keen learner

    -       Professional and respectful attitude

    -       Willingness to try new things and to learn about sustainable agriculture

    -       Ability to take direction and carry out tasks

    Benefits

    -       Work in a fun team environment

    -       Gain workplace experience

    -       Contribute to our mission of growing healthy, organic food for our neighbours in need

    -       Use your skills in a meaningful way

    -       Invitation to attend monthly potlucks and end of year staff appreciation event.

    Volunteer Registration 

  • Handyperson

    Are you good with tools? Like tinkering around a farm? The Sharing Farm has great need for a handy person to help with fixing tools, troubleshooting, and maintaining equipment. A great position for a retired person or someone on shifts that is good with their hands. Lots of room for creativity and one of the most valued members of our farm team!
    Details
    - A weekly or bi-weekly commitment is preferred
    - Arrange a time during farm hours (Tuesday-Friday 9-4pm from May-October)
    Commitment
    - Minimum of 20 hours between May – October
    - We are flexible with scheduling
    Responsibilities
    - Arrive on time and dressed appropriately for the weather and outdoor activity (closed-toed footwear, sunscreen, raingear, etc)
    - Treat others with professionalism and respect. Adhere to The Sharing Farm Values
    - Contribute to a positive, fun work environment. Be conscientious and pro-active.
    - Bring any concerns or suggestions to your assigned coordinator
    - Attend an orientation session
    - Practice site safety
    - Communicate with your coordinator if you are not able to fulfill your seasonal commitment
    - Enthusiastically tackle any of the tasks assigned to you
    Qualifications
    - Positive, enthusiastic, reliable and a keen learner
    - Professional and respectful attitude
    - Willingness to try new things and to learn about sustainable agriculture
    - Basic level of physical fitness (activities are available for a wide range of capabilities)
    - Ability to take direction and carry out tasks
    Benefits
    - Work in a fun team environment
    - Gain workplace experience
    - Contribute to our mission of growing healthy, organic food for our neighbours in need
    - Use your skills in a meaningful way
    - Invitation to attend monthly potlucks and end of year staff appreciation event.

From mid-May through the end of August, the farm operates between 9am-3pm Tuesday-Saturday. The rest of the year, we’re open Monday Afternoon and Thursday mornings.

Volunteer Registration

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