Volunteering

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, click here to read our up-to-date blog post about volunteering at the farm.

You can also click here to read our Covid-19 Health & Safety Risk Assessment


Why Volunteer?

Keeping a community veg farm running involves a wide variety of work. Most volunteers help out with practical activities, with a range of opportunities to work out in the fields or inside our Veg Shed helping with VegBox preparation.

Volunteers come to the farm for a variety of reasons. Many volunteers enjoy the opportunity to meet other people and give their time to a worthwhile community initiative. The work itself is great for improving physical health and mental well-being, and it’s a joy to be outside in the fresh air, collectively working towards a more resilient local food system. Volunteers also benefit from the opportunity to learn new skills, gain confidence and expand their knowledge.

Volunteering at the farm is done on the understanding that volunteers freely give their time to do work at the farm without being paid.

Volunteer Roles

Volunteering roles can be split into four categories:

  1. Crop Production: Working with the growing team in the fields and polytunnels. This covers all stages of crop production: seed sowing, planting out, harvesting, crop maintenance, clearing, composting.
  2. VegBox Packing: Weighing, portioning, and packing fruit and veg. Completing customer orders, tidying the packing areas after each session.
  3. Site maintenance and biodiversity: Assisting with DIY tasks, infrastructure, maintaining habitats.
  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.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

In light of social distancing measures taken to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we have amended our weekly volunteer schedule and how we organise volunteers. In order to volunteer, you need to book yourself on to specific shifts using our online volunteer rota management system. You can only access this once you have been for your introductory session. As such, please don’t come to the farm unless you have booked to, or you have been in email correspondence with Sonia to arrange your introductory session.

Here is our revised weekly volunteer schedule:

Tuesdays
  • Weighing, portioning and packing fruit and veg
  • Morning session: 10am – 12.30pm
  • Afternoon session: 1.30pm – 4pm
Wednesdays
  • Weighing, portioning and packing fruit and veg
  • Labelling individual VegBoxes so they can be delivered on Thursday
  • Morning session: 9am – 1pm
  • Afternoon session: 2pm – 4.30pm
Thursdays
  • Weighing, portioning and packing fruit and veg
  • Labelling individual VegBoxes so they can be delivered on Friday
  • Morning session only: 8am – 12pm
Fridays
  • Working out in the fields or in our polytunnels, engaging with crop production and horticultural tasks
  • Morning session: 9am – 12pm
  • Afternoon session: 1pm – 4pm
Saturdays (currently twice a month)
  • Working out in the fields or in our polytunnels, engaging with crop production and horticultural tasks
  • Morning session: 9am – 12pm
  • Afternoon session: 1pm – 4pm
  • From April – October our Saturday volunteering opportunities happen twice a month – usually the second and fourth Saturdays of the month
  • From November – March our Saturday volunteering opportunities happen once a month – usually the second Saturday of the month
Upcoming Saturday volunteering dates in 2020/2021:

Saturday 14th November

Saturday 12th December

Saturday 9th January

Saturday 13th February

Volunteer Application Form

Before volunteering at the farm you will need to complete a Volunteer Application Form.

Please wait to receive confirmation from Sonia before coming to volunteer for the first time.

Welcome Tour & Volunteer Inductions

After your first few sessions at the farm, you will be invited to join a Welcome Tour for new volunteers. This includes a full tour of the farm, learning about all stages of crop production and the different elements of our organisation. It will also cover important Health & Safety considerations.

Children, Vulnerable Adults & Supported Volunteering

We are minimising the number of children on site for volunteering. If you are interested in coming to volunteer with your child then please email Sonia to discuss.

We run a supported volunteering session on Monday mornings for adults with autism and learning disabilities. If you are interested in finding out more, please email Sonia.

Sonia’s email: sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk

Additional Information

We ask the volunteers to familiarise themselves with our:

You may also find out more information by reading our Volunteer Handbook (PDF).

Contact Us

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us directly by email.