Volunteers are welcome on our farm; however, new procedures are in place given COVID-19 concerns. This includes: you must schedule a time to come (no drop-ins, please), arrive wearing a mask and your own work gloves, and maintain a six-foot distance while working with others. You will not help with processing food, but there are plenty of other tasks, including: planting, weeding, seeding, mulching, carpentry and more. The “to do list” on the farm never ends so your assistance is appreciated. We work rain or shine. Please complete our Volunteer form and we’ll be in touch. Volunteers always leave with produce after a four-hour shift. No children under 12 or dogs. Thanks!
Want to do more than volunteer? Our farms offer a rare opportunity for hands-on learning about all aspects of certified organic farming in Central Texas through our Workshare program. We accept 30 people to the program annually.
Workshare Members are at the heart of our farm. Each week, they commit to at least four hours of work in exchange for a CSA share of freshly harvested vegetables (and seconds, as available). Positions are available at our River Farm near Bastrop and our intown Austin Farm Monday thru Saturday.
Our Workshare Members are an amazing group of people, many of whom have gone on to start their own farms or become leaders in the national local food movement. Join us!
How much work do you do as a Workshare member?
Workshare members commit to working 4-6 hours per week in exchange for receiving a free vegetable or flower share. Members commit to a shift, coming at the same time each week for the season. This shift can be traded to a friend or family member on some weeks.
What kind of work will I be doing as a Workshare member?
We do our best to keep your work varied. It’s likely you will 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. No experience is necessary.
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) if larger quantities are desired.
How do I become a Workshare member?
Workshare members are selected after volunteering at the farm. This helps ensure that both you and the farm are a good fit. Workshare members are critical to the success of the farm. They help Green Gate Farms offer the highest quality vegetables, flowers and herbs possible. Please visit the volunteer page for more info. You will be given an orientation when you begin.