Become a volunteer
Volunteer at 21 Acres
There are many fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at 21 Acres. These range from time on the farm and in the educational gardens, to assisting with research on green building and living projects, or interacting with the public by leading tours. Our staff thoroughly appreciates collaborating with volunteers and we often find ourselves learning alongside each other as we tackle projects together. There are plenty of activities for individuals and we also host service and team building days for both youth and adult groups. To learn more about large work parties and group experiences, please reach out to 21 Acres’ Volunteer Lead, Krystal Wasson at Krystalw@21acres.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING!
We engage community members in local food systems through service and education. By providing hands-on experience in organic regenerative farming, small space gardening, sustainable technology, cooking and eating seasonal local foods, eco-system support, permaculture design, composting, and conservation, we encourage volunteers to adopt these sustainable practices in their daily lives.
The first step to volunteering is filling out an application then attending an orientation, held on the first and third Saturday of the month (9:30am – 11:00am) and the second and fourth Fridays of the month (3:30pm – 5:00pm)
We have a large variety of volunteer opportunities out on the farm and in the building on most days of the week (Tuesday – Saturday):
Tuesdays (9:30am – 12:30pm) and Thursdays (9:30am – 2:00pm) are dedicated to helping the farm team with weeding, mulching, planting, and harvesting using soil regenerative practices in 21 Acres production fields. If you’ve always wanted to learn about farming, this is a great way to get started.
Wednesdays (10:00am – 2:30pm) are dedicated to the HoneyBee Club, where volunteers learn about the domesticated insect Apis Mellifera (honey bee) and gain experience working with beehives and maintaining the apiary. Due to the amount of intensive training involved, we ask that volunteers answer a few brief screening questions and commit to 3 months or 6-8 sessions within 3 months.
Fridays (9:30am – 12:30pm) and Saturdays (10:00am – 2:30pm) are dedicated to Landscape and Restoration projects primarily focusing on removing invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberries, and rebuilding these areas to increase storm water retention, improve habitat for native animals and birds, and sequester carbon through plant material.
Administrative, Creative, and Housekeeping projects are scheduled on a case-by-case basis.
We look forward to having your help on campus!
Are you already signed up as a volunteer? If so, log in to your account here.
On the Farm
Help out on the farm! Learn all about the crops and the methods used to grow them. Take part in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting.
In the Kitchen
Volunteer with our kitchen team and gain experience working with local ingredients. Learn valuable kitchen skills and have some fun while you’re at it.
Help out in the building, greet visitors, give tours, volunteer during special events, and much more!
Curious about new sustainable projects and technologies? Help new sustainable projects get off the ground, or help existing ones as we learn together about green living solutions.
Have an idea for a project you want to try? Or, join an existing project: restoring wetland, mulching, and converting chest freezers to refrigerators, among others.
Saturday Work Party
We send a big thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to Saturday Work Parties during 2018. We’re looking forward to resuming these next Spring.