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2019 City Farmers Sign Up

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Common Good City Farm

300 V St NW

Washington, DC 20001

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Join Common Good City Farm as a 2019 City Farmer Volunteer! City Farmer volunteers commit to volunteer with us for a 12 week session and assist with all aspects of running an urban farm including planting, weeding and harvesting, helping sell produce at our market, and helping with our youth education programs and events! Different time slots will have different responsibilities, so you can choose what fits best for your interest and your schedule. New opportunities to sign up will be added throughout the season.

Time Committment and Expectations: Because we can only handle a limited number of volunteers, we expect that City Farmers will make a concerted effort to attend all sessions for the entire time. Sessions will start with training and instructions for the day, so it's important to show up on time. If you really want to volunteer with the farm, but can't make the committment, please let us know and we can work with you to volunteer in another way. Please leave the City Farmer slot available for someone who can make the time committment. For those who are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity, we will host two community workdays, one in June and the other in September. Please sign up for our monthly newsletter to get updates!

Orientation/Training: Some sessions will require you to come early on your first day in order to complete orientation or attend a separate orientation. Orientation is required, if you cannot attend the first day of your session you must get in touch to coordinate an alternate orientation.

Volunteer Benefits: Volunteers who make less than a DC Living Wage (http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/11001) are eligible to earn produce vouchers that can be used at our farm stand (May- October) in exchange for their volunteer time ($5 of produce per hour worked). To sign up for this option, make sure to select it during registration.

Volunteer Options: Although tasks will change seasonally, see the list below to get an idea of what each session will involve. If you are interested in a specific session and do not see it listed as a ticket right now, make sure to check back, we will add new registration options as the season continues.

Farm Work Sessions

Saturday 9 am-12 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Sunday 3-6 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Tuesday 5-8 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Wednesday 9 am-12 pm: Harvest Day! Assist with our weekly harvest and any other tasks needed on the farm.

Market Sessions

Wednesday 12-3 pm: Volunteers will assist with preparations for the market: harvest and wash produce (if necessary), package produce, bring produce and equipment over to market, and set up market. If all market tasks are complete, this session will also involve farm work, so make sure you are dressed to get dirty!

Wednesday 2:30-5:30 pm: Assist at our weekly market with check out and assist with distributing vouchers for the Produce Plus program (a program which allows eligible residents to receive $10 per week per market to purchase fruits and vegetables). We ask volunteers to attend a separate Produce Plus training in order to be able to help with this program. We will host a training on Wednesday, May 29 from 4 - 6 pm at St. George's Church, 160 U St NW. If that date does not work for you, you can attend a Produce Plus volunteer training hosted by DC Greens. You can see their schedule here: https://www.dcgreens.org/brigade.

Wednesday 4:30-7:30 pm: Assist at our weekly market with check out and assist with distributing vouchers for the Produce Plus program (a program which allows eligible residents to receive $10 per week per market to purchase fruits and vegetables). We ask volunteers to attend a separate Produce Plus training in order to be able to help with this program.

Friday 9 am-12 pm: Assist with various farming tasks and help harvest for, set up and run a farm stand at the senior apartment building close to the farm.

Youth Education Sessions

Please note- sessions that involve working with youth require completion of a background check. (Common Good will split or cover the cost of the background check as needed).

Monday 9:30-11 am: Assist with the Little Farmers toddler program (reading stories and exploring the farm with toddlers and their guardians).

Wednesday 4-6 pm: Assist with our LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them).

Sunday 4-6 pm: Assist with our LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them)

FAQs

Are there minimum age requirements?

Our City Farmers program is for volunteers 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver.

Can I sign up for multiple volunteer time slots?

You are welcome to come volunteer with us for more than one of the time slots, however consistent weekly attendance is very important to the success of our volunteer program so we ask that you consider how much time you can really commit to. In order to share the limited spaces available, we limit city farmers to 2 sessions per week.

Do I need to come the full time of the session?

Although we understand schedule conflicts do arise, please sign up for a shift where you are able to show up on time- it's important in order to receive valuable instructions for your work that day.

If I like volunteering, can I continue after the 12 weeks?

Absolutely, we love to have our city farmers continue on with us for multiple parts of the season. Farm staff will check in throughout the session and can sign you up to continue on for longer.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to reach out to Emily at info@commongoodcityfarm.org if you have any questions.

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