Sugar Hill Farm FAQ
Do I need to know anything about farming?
Absolutely not! Many of our volunteers have never even set foot in a garden before. WLT staff and volunteer team leaders will be present to show you what to do when you arrive.
How should I dress?
Prepare to get dirty, especially if it has rained recently. Closed-toed shoes must be worn for your safety. Do not wear sandals.
What should I bring?
It's important to stay hydrated in the field, so bring a bottle. We've got on site kitchen & bathroom facilities. A hat with a brim will keep the sun out of your eyes. Sunscreen will keep you from getting burned. We have plenty of work gloves, but you’re welcome to bring your own, especially for smaller hands. Very few of our volunteers complain about bugs, but you are welcome to bring bug spray.
What kinds of tasks can volunteers expect to tackle during a typical session?
There are a number of tasks involved in growing vegetables, including:
- Transplanting young plants into the beds
- Seeding directly into the fields
- Weeding and harvesting crops
- Mowing & trimming the rows
- Hand watering & moving the sprinkler
- Adding compost to the beds
- Building/repairing the scarecrow
When & Where
Westchester Land Trust
As one of Food Bank for Westchester’s five Food Growing Program farm sites, Westchester Land Trust's half-acre Sugar Hill Farm headquarters supplies much needed fresh produce to area food pantries and soup kitchens.
In 2013, a whopping 12,667 pounds of vegetables (the equivalent of 53,408 servings) were harvested from amongst the Food Bank's partner sites - the highest yields since the program was started! It's no secret that volunteers are an essential part of the program's success. From planting seedlings in the spring to weeding, tending, and harvesting crops all summer and into the fall, our volunteers make it happen!
We strive to recruit a diverse range of individuals and families to volunteer with us and welcome all ages and abilities to connect with each other, the environment, and their food, through exploration on the farm. Sign up to learn about sustainable agriculture and make a tangible impact on hunger in our community.