ALL HANDS WELCOME - No experience necessary
We’ve maintained an open-door policy for volunteers since starting our farm in 2006. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience a working, certified organic farm, especially one like ours that has historical significance to the community. Volunteers receive vegetables for their contributions after a 4-hour shift.
There’s plenty to do each day. Your help is welcome, regardless of experience. All we ask is that you become familiar with the farm before you volunteer. To do so, please try to attend our Volunteer Orientation or Farm Tour.
URBAN FARM: Farm Orientations are held at our Urban Farm, 8310 Canoga Ave., Austin, 78724:
- Saturdays, 12-1:30 — Farm Tour ($10 per person), followed by Q&A
- Thursdays, 9:00-9:30 — Brief overview and Q&A
- Thursdays, 11:00-11:30
Please stay and volunteer after attending your Orientation Session, if possible. Getting your hands dirty is the best way to understand how our farm works.
Our Saturday Farm Orientation begins with our weekly Farm Tour ($10/per person). After the tour, folks meet with a farmer to ask questions. If you are unable to make the Saturday orientation, you’re welcome to attend on Thursday, when we give a brief overview.
The first step is to complete this volunteer form so we know your areas of interest, emergency contacts and when you will be coming.
Volunteers are needed at both farms. If you want to work at our River Farm, you are welcome to meet us at our urban farm and ride share.
Volunteer Hours at Urban Farm (similar shifts available at River Farm, near Bastrop)
Help is usually needed most in the mornings, but you are welcome to come in the afternoon, too. Volunteers usually begin work on simple tasks (e.g., turning compost, sorting, repairing, cleaning, then progress to field work as expertise grows).
As on any farm, the amount of work varies with the season. Volunteers are most needed:
You can help with all aspects of the farm. No need to be a CSA member. All you need is an ability to follow directions and enthusiasm!
Please let us know if you have a special skill you’d like to contribute. We can always use a hand with light carpentry, repairing the barn, rehanging a gate, painting a sign, mowing a fenceline, etc.
What to Bring
When you come, please bring your own:
- Cutting tool (e.g., Felco sheers or other sharp clippers)
- Work shoes – Covered toes/ankles are important
- Sunscreen, bug spray
Children and Pets
We like children and pets (we have several of both); however, we’ve found that they interfere with getting work done. Dogs are not welcome at the farm ever (they chase our livestock/cats, especially when you don’t think they will).
Our goal is to host monthly Family Work Days in the near future. In the meantime, children are encouraged to participate in our monthly Farm Camps to get a taste of farm life.
If at all possible, please leave yours in the car. Not only will you be able to better enjoy your experience and focus on the task at hand, you won’t spend any time searching the fields for a lost appliance.
Please complete our volunteer form online prior to your arrival. If you have questions, call