Volunteers are welcome on our farms; however, new procedures are in place given COVID-19 concerns. Please:
- complete our Volunteer form (see below)
- schedule a time to come by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, which we will confirm
- arrive wearing a mask
- bring your own work gloves
- maintain a six-foot distance while working with others
Easy farm tasks, include: planting, weeding, seeding, mulching,...There is also always something that needs to repaired so carpentry, artwork, marketing, and other skills are also appreciated. The “to do list” on the farm never ends so we work rain or shine.
We enjoy teaching as we work so don't hesitate to ask questions. Volunteers always leave with produce or flowers as available when our shifts end. (Note: 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. Because of this commitment, we can tailor tasks to your interests. Many of our workshare members have gone on to start their own farms and play a leading role in the local food movement across the country. In addition to mentorship, workshares receive freshly harvested vegetables and flowers, as available. Positions are available at our River Farm near Bastrop and our east Austin farm at Village Farm agrihood, Monday thru Saturday mornings.
Our Workshare Members are an amazing group of people. 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 vegetables and/or flowers. 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.) 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. 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.