People can be part of our farm in many different ways. We welcome volunteers to come and muck in. If you’re with an organisation looking for a fun, wholesome day out, we also run Team Challenge Days.

Why volunteer?

Volunteers come to the farm to learn new skills, share knowledge, meet people and be inspired. We have had more than 3,000 volunteers since 2010 and are always welcoming new people. Keeping a community farm running involves a wide variety of work. Most volunteers help out with practical activities, and there are opportunities to work outside in the field or inside our veg shed helping to portion and pack vegetables.

Volunteer roles

Volunteering roles can be split into four categories:

  1. Growing and harvesting: Working with the growing team in the fields and polytunnels (mostly outdoor activity)
  2. VegBox preparation: Weighing, packing and completing customer orders, tidying the packing areas after each session (mostly indoor activity)
  3. Site maintenance and biodiversity: Assisting with DIY tasks, infrastructure, maintaining habitats (outdoor activity)
  4. Events: Particularly during the summer we go to fairs to tell the local community about the farm and encourage people to support us by buying VegBoxes, and to sell food made with farm produce

Please talk to us and specify your interests when filling out the Volunteer Application Form.

When can I come?

Wednesday 10am-4.30pm: This is our main community volunteering day and there’s lots to do, from planting and harvesting to portioning the produce for our VegBoxes. We also provide a shared lunch at 1pm. We ask new volunteers to come on Wednesdays at 10am and recommend that people come and try out volunteering a few times. If you feel it’s suitable then we will give you a full site induction and you can continue to volunteer.

Thursday 8am-12pm (VegBox packing): On Thursdays (8am-12pm) we prepare our VegBoxes for delivery. This involves working alongside our team in the Veg Shed, packing the produce into bags ready for distribution, and for this role we are looking for volunteers to commit to a longer period. There is also an opportunity for outdoor work. We are usually done by midday, but if you would like to stay longer to volunteer outside in the fields then please bring your own lunch.

Saturdays 10am-4pm (once a month): During the height of the growing season we are open twice a month on Saturdays, whereas from November to April, we are open only once a month. From May onwards we will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Upcoming dates: Saturday 10th March, Saturday 28th April, Saturday 12th May, Saturday 26th May, etc. Please bring your own lunch.

Buddy Volunteering

We are looking for new Buddy Volunteers to support our community volunteering days at Sutton Community Farm. This is a programme where we provide training to volunteers who are interested in taking on extra responsibility at the farm, particularly in supporting volunteers who have mental health problems and learning disabilities. Please visit our Buddy Volunteering page to learn more.

Children, vulnerable adults and extra support

We aim to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive space for the community, with equal opportunities central to our mission. If you are supporting a vulnerable adult or consider yourself a vulnerable adult and would like to join in, please contact us. While we do our best to accommodate everyone, we have limited staff capacity and an obligation to ensure a safe workplace.

At present people under the age of 16 are not permitted to volunteer at the farm unless under the supervision of a responsible adult. We have Safeguarding Policies for Vulnerable Adults and Children, as well as an Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy, which are all available upon request.

OK, I’m interested, what next?

If you are interested in coming to volunteer, please contact us to arrange your first visit. Before your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a:

We also ask you read the Volunteer Handbook (PDF) and join the Google Group which is a place for discussing activities at the farm.

Site inductions

After your first few sessions at the farm, you will have a full site induction. This includes a full site tour, discussion of your role and interests and important Health & Safety considerations. We run site inductions usually on the first Wednesday of every month.

Additional information

We ask the volunteers to familiarise themselves with our: