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 barn 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 three 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 DIY: Assisting with DIY tasks and farm infrastructure.

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

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

In order to volunteer, you need to book yourself on to specific volunteer sessions using our online volunteer rota management system, which you can access once you’ve been to volunteer for the first time.

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 weekly volunteer schedule:

Tuesdays: VEGBOX PREP
    • Weighing, portioning and packing fruit and veg
    • Morning session: 10am – 12.30pm
    • Afternoon session: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesdays: VEGBOX PREP
  • Weighing, portioning and packing fruit and veg
  • Labelling individual VegBox bags so they can be delivered on Thursday
  • Morning session: 9am – 1pm
  • Afternoon session: 2pm – 4.30pm
Thursdays: VEGBOX PREP / FLOWERS / DIY
 
   VEGBOX
  • Weighing, portioning and packing fruit and veg
  • Labelling individual VegBox bags so they can be delivered on Friday
  • Morning session: 8am – 12pm
   FLOWERS IN THE FIELD
  • Working out in the fields with a focus on flower production
  • Morning session: 10am – 1pm
   DIY & INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Working in a small team on farm maintenance and DIY
  • Afternoon session: 2pm – 4pm
Fridays: CROP PRODUCTION
  • 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: CROP PRODUCTION
  • Weekend volunteering out in the fields or in our polytunnels, engaging with crop production and horticultural tasks
  • Currently happening twice a month – usually the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
  • Morning session: 9am – 12pm
  • Afternoon session: 1pm – 4pm
Upcoming Saturday volunteering dates in May & June 2021:

Saturday 8th May

Saturday 22nd May

Saturday 12th June

Saturday 26th June

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.