Become a Volunteer

Welcome Back, Volunteers!

21 Acres offers fun, hands-on volunteer opportunities on our regenerative farm and surrounding wetland, connecting the community to climate action and the local food economy.

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus.

Campus has been closed for many months (with the exception of the Farm Market). We have missed all of you who dedicate time and energy to help us restore natural habitats, grow food, and take direct climate action in the soil. After extensive planning time and attention to health and safety, we are now ready to welcome volunteers back on campus!

Sign Up to Volunteer

Are you ready to join us on campus? Here are 4 easy steps to get started.

1. Watch the Orientation and Training videos to get a sense for what volunteering with us will be like:

Volunteer Orientation
Welcome Back from Jess
Tool Safety
Sanitizing Gloves and Tools

2. For new volunteers, fill out the Volunteer Application. For new and returning volunteers, please sign the COVID-19 Waiver

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!

4. Read through 21 Acres COVID-19 Volunteer Policy for more detailed information on what to expect before you arrive and while you are on campus.

    • Volunteer Sessions
    • While our community navigates the coronavirus pandemic, Volunteer Sessions are available on the farm on Thursday and Saturday for groups of friends and family, up to 5 participants at a time. For up-to-date information about our volunteer program check out this week’s Volunteer Newsletter linked below.
Saturday

9:30am – 11:30am
10:00am – 12:00pm
10:30am – 12:30pm
Become a Volunteer Farmland Steward

We are currently seeking Volunteer Farmland Stewards willing to help restore the non-production spaces on the 21 Acres farm by keeping invasive species such as bindweed, buttercup, reed canary grass, and Himalayan blackberry at bay!

 

Your stewardship 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, identifying and removing invasive plants, and more! No prior farm experience required.

 

To sign up: Put together a group of friends and family (maximum of 5 people) and sign up here for a 2-hour shift

 

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.

 

Farmland Steward Training Videos

Removing Thistle

Removing Bindweed, Himalayan Blackberry, and Reed Canary Grass

Composting Invasive Species

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!