Volunteering at Many Hands Organic Farm
We take one time individual and group volunteers all weekdays during the growing season, and a little more irregularly during the winter. Volunteers should plan to work quickly, take direction well, and enjoy all sorts of weather (much of which is not considered ideal). Then plan to enjoy lunch with us and often a bag of food for your efforts. Volunteering at the farm is a great way to understand both the vegetable and animal aspects of our farm.
We welcome educational and youth groups, and are happy to explore internship options with students. Presently we have an intern from Clark University and last year we had an intern from Mt. Holyoke College. We cannot offer compensation for internships at this time, but are happy to work with you to receive funding or credit from your school. Previous internships have focused on carbon sequestration, sustainability, organic farming, food sovereignty, and herbalism. For those who are interested in pursuing agriculture as a career, we offer limited seasonal room and board on the property (camping tent accommodations) for unpaid internships. All interns should also be excited to take home surplus food and enjoy a farm lunch on the days they come to the farm.
One of the essential constituencies of our workforce is working shareholders. For 4 hours of work during the 22 week CSA summer season, the 5 week fall CSA season, and throughout the winter if you desire (M, W, F mornings 8-noon), volunteers receive as barter one large share of produce during the CSA season. Come for breakfast at 6:30 and stay for lunch. It is a good opportunity for someone interested in learning the CSA process from a hands on perspective (there are some animal chores too), and to become a part of our farm community. Vacations and time off are encouraged. We are always looking for more working shareholders to help us with the very large CSA harvest, and working shareholders become beloved members of our staff.
Weekend Chores Working Shareholder Opportunity
If you are interested in learning more about our broiler chickens, layer chickens, pigs, and turkeys we have recently added a Saturday and/or Sunday animal care working shareholder position. Work 1-2 hours from 8:00am – 10:00am on Saturday and/or Sunday in exchange for some delicious and nutritious organic vegetables and/or eggs. This position is great for someone that is unavailable during the week, or has a particular affinity for farm animals. Note that this position will require some heavy lifting (we need to move mobile bird houses with a dolly and some heft and haul around 50 lb. bags of feed). Position is available from early to mid-April through Thanksgiving.
Contact Julie at email@example.com or 978-355-2853(h) or 978-257-1192 (cell) for more