Become a Volunteer

Take Action

21 Acres offers fun, hands-on volunteer opportunities on our farm and surrounding wetland, connecting the community through agroecology, climate action, and the local food economy. If you want to make a difference for the climate, supporting your local farm is a great place to start!

21 Acres volunteers are passionate changemakers in climate action, sustainable agriculture, green energy, and our food systems.

Farmland Steward volunteer days will return in the spring. Check out other ways to get involved below!

Sign Up to Volunteer

Are you ready to join us on campus? Here are 3 easy steps to get started.

1. Sign up for our Volunteer Newsletter. We’ll let you know about upcoming volunteer opportunities on the farm.

2. New to 21 Acres? Fill out our Volunteer Application. For new and returning volunteers, please review our COVID-19 safety policy.

3. Read about our open positions and how to sign up below. Interested in contributing in a way that’s not listed? Let us know!

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Become a Volunteer Farmland Steward

As a Farmland Steward, get your hands dirty and learn about regenerative farm practices at 21 Acres!
 

Work alongside knowledgeable 21 Acres staff on a variety of seasonal restoration and farm projects that build soil health and get the farm in shape for the next growing season. Your help supports local food systems by increasing farm productivity; creating more native habitat for animals, birds, and insects; decreasing storm water runoff; and pulling carbon out of the atmosphere through green plant material. Activities include seeding, transplanting, planting, weeding, mulching, wheelbarrowing, and more!  

No prior farm experience required. All tools provided. 
 

To sign up:

Farmland Steward work parties are currently finished for the winter. We’ll return in the spring! Sign up to be notified.

 

Friends and family 13 years and older are welcome to join! Volunteers ages 13-15 need an adult participant volunteering with them, and anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent/guardian signature. 

 

COVID-19 Volunteer Policy

 

Please read our COVID-19 Volunteer Policy so you know what to expect when you arrive on campus.

 

Questions? Email volunteer@21acres.org.

Become a Volunteer Beekeeper

Do you love honeybees? Join the 21 Acres Bee Club on Wednesdays from 10am – 3pm!

 

Volunteer Beekeepers at the 21 Acres farm help with weekly hive maintenance while learning about the domesticated insect Apis mellifera (honey bee). Volunteers will gain experience working with beehives and maintaining the apiary. You will team up with Apiary Manager Nan Affleck Hardt and other volunteers, providing support so the bees can do their important job on the farm – pollinating and producing honey.

 

Seasonal activities range from hive inspections, feeding the bees, identifying and treating pests, maintaining structures and equipment, and wax and honey harvesting! 

 

New Volunteer Beekeepers:

 

  • Beekeeping has a learning curve. We request that volunteers in the apiary commit to volunteering for three consecutive months.
  • Beekeeping is physically demanding work and requires heavy lifting. Although we generally work in pairs, a beehive box can weigh between 70-90 lbs and requires a fair amount of strength to lift.
  • In addition, for your own health and safety it is better if you do not work in the apiary if you are allergic to bees.
  • Please let us know before you begin volunteering if you have never been stung.

 

Get Started as a Volunteer Beekeeper

All beekeeping positions are currently filled. To join the waitlist, please email volunteer@21acres.org.

 

Returning Volunteers: Log in to your account and sign up here!

Steward our Library
Library Steward 

Do you get excited shelving books in just the right place? Want to help our community access books? We need an individual or a small group of volunteers willing to steward  our campus library by inventorying books, maintaining our online library software (Librarika), and processing new donations in our physical library at the 21 Acres building. We are looking for someone willing to take on this opportunity to maintain library processes for several months to a year. Volunteer commitment would be a few hours per week or less. This could be a fun family project—or perhaps you’d like to fly solo.

 

Get Started as a Library Steward

If you’re interested in stewarding our library, please email volunteer@21acres.org. If you have any library, administrative, or book experience, be sure to let us know.

 

Book Review Writer 

Calling all book nerds! We are looking for 3-4 avid readers to help us share about the library with our community. Ideas include writing a short review for one of our books, make a list of the top 10 books about climate change you’re excited about this year, or just get people hyped about using our library. Articles will be published on our blog as well as shared through our social media channels and newsletters. Local writers are encouraged, but this position can also be done remotely. 

 

Get Started as a Book Review Writer

If you’re interested in writing for us, please email volunteer@21acres.org and include a writing sample. This could be anything from a personal diary entry to a published work, and does not have to be a book review to be considered.