One key aspect of our mission is to give city dwellers a chance to join us on the farm and get their hands dirty.
Before joining us make sure to check out the FAQs below.
Wednesdays 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturdays 12:00pm - 4:00pm
(Please Note: These hours are in effect May - October)
How do I become a volunteer?
The first step is to fill out our Volunteer Registration Form to let us know about you and what you are interested in doing and learning. Before you can participate in any volunteer activities, you will also need to submit a signed Waiver and Release. These documents may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted in person. A limited number of forms may be available at the farm, but we encourage you to complete these forms before you stop by. Once we have received your Volunteer Registration form, you will be contacted by email with further information, or you can simply stop by the farm during our volunteer hours. We may also send out periodic emails with information on specific volunteer opportunities.
How soon can I begin volunteering?
Right away after you have submitted the documents described above! You can stop by the farm during our volunteer hours or check out the calendar on our website or our Facebook page for other volunteer activities.
Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers under the age of 18 may be able to participate in certain activities at our discretion, but they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Exceptions may be granted for youth groups who volunteer for a day project. Each group must have adequate adult supervision that accompanies the group.
What is the time commitment?
We do not have a minimum time commitment for you to participate in our volunteer program. We hold regular volunteer hours, and generally you do not need to sign up for specific hours in advance. Come when you can and leave when you need to. Certain activities, such as special events planning, may involve committing to volunteering during specific time slots. If you become unable to fulfill any specifically scheduled volunteer commitments, please contact the relevant volunteer coordinator so replacement coverage can be arranged.
Can I bring my family member or friend to volunteer with me?
Generally, yes. There's typically plenty of work to go around during our volunteer hours. Remember, though, that all volunteers must first register by submitting a Volunteer Registration form and a signed Waiver and Release prior to participating. Certain activities, such as special events planning, may have only limited volunteer slots to be filled. In such instances, you should check with the relevant volunteer coordinator first.
I have a disability or medical condition. Can I still volunteer?
North Brooklyn Farms has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Some opportunities require volunteers to be in good physical condition; however, we have different options for volunteers of all abilities. If you have a medical condition (such as asthma or anaphylaxis), please bring your inhaler or EpiPen and tell North Brooklyn Farms and your volunteer supervisor of your condition before participating in any volunteer activities. Medical services are not available on site, and participation in activities and programming is at your own risk and expense. If you would like to speak with someone directly regarding volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
I would love to get involved, but I don’t have a lot of free time to commit. Is there another way I can help?
Absolutely! We welcome volunteers, sponsors and anyone in a position to donate time, funds, services or supplies. Our website has general information on volunteering and making donations. You can also sign up for email updates or check out the calendar on our website or our Facebook page for details on upcoming fundraising activities and other events. If you have other ideas for how you can support our initiatives, it would be great to hear from you!
What do volunteers do?
Our volunteer program is used for a variety of projects depending on the time of the year and what we need help with! The volunteer experience at the farm includes (but is not limited to):
- building garden beds, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and packaging produce;
- facilities and grounds maintenance;
- routine cleaning chores, such as sweeping and organizing;
- community outreach;
- event planning, including helping out with food service, selling tickets and event set-up and clean-up;
- administrative tasks; and
- giving farm tours, greeting people and coordinating group visits.
Whether you’re an experienced gardener or you're looking to learn the difference between a rake and a hoe, our farm is open to volunteers of all skill levels. Note that certain activities may require specific skills or additional prior training. If you have special skills or relevant prior experience, we’d love to hear about it! If there is anything you are physically unable to do, you must let us know before you begin volunteering.
What do I do with personal belongings?
Leave valuables at home or keep them on your person at all times. North Brooklyn Farms does not take any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items.
What does North Brooklyn Farms expect from its volunteers?
1. Be ready to work
Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are recommended for farm work. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. Wear clothing that you do not mind getting wet and/or dirty. If you have work gloves, please bring them. If not, let us know and we will supply you with some, if available. We strongly recommend wearing sunscreen and a hat while working outdoors. Bring extra layers and rain gear so that you are comfortable working in most weather conditions. Stay hydrated, and bring a water bottle and snacks and/or a lunch.
2. Be respectful
North Brooklyn Farms is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its volunteers and others participating in our activities or accessing our facilities. North Brooklyn Farms does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or other legally protected status in its activities. Please be respectful of others and their property. Since we are working in the community to provide green space and programming, we also ask that you help us build good relationships with our neighbors. Littering and unruly behavior undermine this effort and will not be permitted. See the Farm Rules on our website for further guidelines.
3. Be safe
Safety is a top priority! Farming includes working with sharp shovels, digging forks and hoes as well as operation of/proximity to sod cutters and tillers. While we will be working hard to clean up the worksites, there may be broken glass and metal scraps buried in the soil. Please be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces. Follow directions from North Brooklyn Farms and its personnel and representatives at all times, as well as the safety policies posted on our website or at the farm from time to time. Work may continue in rainy weather. If lightning or other unsafe weather conditions develop, we will notify you of alternate plans or rescheduling.