We believe everyone should know how to grow food and flowers, which is why we have kept an open door to volunteers since our farm's founding in 2006. We're happy to teach you regardless of experience. Don't hesitate to ask questions.
Our process is simple, please:
- complete our Volunteer form (see below). Do not come to the farm without filling this out. Thank you.
- email email@example.com to schedule your volunteer day and location (we will confirm your shift)
- bring your own work gloves, hat, water bottle, and tools (if you have them)
- follow Covid-19 guidelines (maintain 6ft distance while working indoors, bring a mask for indoor spaces, etc.)
The “to do list” on the farm never ends, so we work rain or shine. Tasks are varied and can involve more than field work if you have carpentry, admin, marketing and other skills to share. We will guide you as you work, but please ask questions so you can learn as much as possible about farming practices, local food and how our farm works.
Everyone leaves with produce or flowers at the end of the their shift (as available).
Volunteers are welcome at our east Austin farm (8310 Canoga Ave., Austin 78724) by appointment only Saturday and Wednesday mornings, 8:30-12.
Volunteers are welcome at our River Farm (156 Howard Lane, Bastrop 78602) by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:30-12.
(Note: No children under 12 or dogs.)
Want to do more than volunteer? Our farms offer a rare opportunity for hands-on learning and mentoring about all aspects of certified organic farming in Central Texas through our Workshare program.
Workshare Members are at the heart of our farm. They are an amazing group of people. Each week, they commit to at least four hours of work. And because of this commitment, we are able to mentor our workshares and tailor tasks to their interests. Many of our workshare members have gone on to start their own farms and/or play a leading role in the local food movement. In addition to mentorship, workshares receive freshly harvested vegetables and flowers, as available. Positions are available at both of our farms, Monday thru Saturday mornings.
How much work do you do as a Workshare member?
Workshare members commit to working 4-6 hours per week during the growing season.
What kind of work will I be doing as a Workshare member?
We do our best to keep your work varied. You may spend some time planting in the greenhouse and fields, harvesting and processing vegetables, preparing the member shares for pick up, and/or setting up the farm stand. It all depends upon what the farm needs. If you are an Administrative Workshare, you may be organizing a fundraiser or coordinating with one of our community partners or other tasks.
What kind of veggies are in the free vegetable share?
Workshare members have access to “seconds” (imperfect, yet still edible vegetables – this is what farmers eat.) We're happy to provide additional quantities, as available.
How do I become a Workshare member?
Workshare members are selected after volunteering at the farm to ensure that both you and the farm are a good fit. We look forward to discussing this with you.