Volunteering

Keeping the farm running involves a variety of work and volunteers play a vital role in making our farm a beautiful, productive and welcoming space for the community. We are grateful for the commitment and contributions everyone has made.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering on the farm is a great way to get outside, meet people and learn new skills. Spending time on the farm can also be therapeutic, a welcome break from the stresses of the city.

Volunteer roles

Most volunteers help with practical activities but we also sometimes have office based volunteering roles available. Here are our main volunteering roles:

  1. Opening and closing the farm: every morning and evening for 30-45 minutes. Tasks include feeding the chickens, mucking out, turning on the aquaponics system and watering.
  2. General farm hand: our community volunteering days happen every second Saturday of each month. We also need help for special events. This role can include growing and plant management, cleaning, composting, assisting with helping the running of events.
  3. Site maintenance and biodiversity: assisting with DIY tasks, infrastructure and maintaining habitats for wildlife.
  4. Administrative: helping specific administrative roles, such as monitoring, social media, research and design work (indoor activity).
  5. Supporting children and other visiting groups. We regularly have school groups visiting the farm and this role involves supporting the facilitator in these sessions.

Corporate volunteering

If you are an organisation interested in volunteering as a group, please see our Volunteering for Organisations page.

Requirements

A DBS check is needed if your role involves supporting or working alongside children and vulnerable adults on the farm. A DBS check is not needed for opening and closing and the general farm hand.

How to start volunteering

If you are interested in coming to volunteer, please contact us to arrange for a visit and an induction. Before your visit, you will be asked to fill out our volunteer application form.

Resources for volunteers