Get Dirty. Leave With Great Stories.
The Sharing Farm is Richmond’s community farm. We strive to be an agricultural community centre where everyone is welcome and bonded by a common goal to help our neighbours in need. People come to the farm to do good!
The Farm is inclusive of all faiths, genders, cultures, and abilities. We are a blend of the gregarious and introverted, the young and the wise, and newbie and novice gardeners.
We have structured volunteering opportunities on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Additionally, there are tasks like weed-wacking and tool maintenance that can be done outside of scheduled volunteer hours. We also have non-farming opportunities at certain times of the year including virtual volunteering and Garlic Festival volunteering. Details about each of our volunteer programs are below. We thank you in advance for your interest and your time!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm. Volunteers work on a variety of farm tasks including herb garden and greenhouse maintenance, seed starting, crop harvesting, farm beautification, and making products that will be sold at markets. Lots of friendly people, and less physical than field work. A healthy snack is provided. Suitable for all ages. Must be fit enough for tasks that require regular bending and kneeling.
Saturdays from 10am-12pm. Lend a hand with mulching, weeding, planting, and general farm labour. You will be supported by staff and will work in a team. Learn new things, meet new people, and have fun outside! Open to all ages and levels of ability. Children welcome but must stay with their parents.
We invite groups and the corporate community to bring your work teams for a fun, hands-on, dirt-filled day. Build team spirit and promote corporate social responsibility by giving back to the community. Groups of 10-60 people are welcome at a time.
If farm work is not your thing, we may have opportunities to help with farm administration, marketing, PR, events, and graphic design. These positions often come with flexible hours to suit your schedule and desired commitment level. 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!
This is very strange dynamic. You work with people who are not paid. They come because they want to come. You can’t tell them what to do. You request. You appeal to their highest sense of self. They just instinctively know. They make themselves available. Together you can do amazing things.Susan