Become a Volunteer

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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. If you want to make a difference in this world, supporting regenerative farms helps sequester carbon -- a hands-on way of contributing!

Thanks for all the help in 2020 — You made an incredible difference by your hard word on the farm. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We are currently closed to on-campus volunteer opportunities for the winter. Volunteer sessions will resume in the Spring of 2021. We’ll update this page when we’re ready to welcome people back on campus. In the meantime, please sign up for our Volunteer Newsletter to receive updates. 

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 when volunteering resumes in the Spring. 

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!

    • Volunteer Sessions
    • For up-to-date information about our volunteer program check out this week’s Volunteer Newsletter linked below.
Closed for the winter.

See you in 2021!
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: Saturday shifts are limited to a maximum of 5 people to maintain a safe distance. 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!