Volunteering

Volunteering Opportunities

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the farm, collectively achieving a huge amount of work throughout the year. We welcome up to 80 volunteers to the farm every week. Volunteers primarily get involved in either VegBox Packing or Crop Production, with some specialised small teams focusing on other key activities on the farm.

Volunteer sessions happen Monday – Thursday, either in the morning or afternoon. Saturday volunteer sessions occur once or twice a month depending on the time of year. We use an online rota system so that volunteers can sign up to volunteer sessions they would like to attend. There is no expected ongoing commitment.

If you are interested, please fill in your details on our volunteer registration form and arrange your first session with Sonia. Volunteering at the farm is done on the understanding that people freely give their time to do work without being paid.

Why Volunteer?

Our volunteers tell us they experience a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Feeling part of a community
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Learning new skills and gaining knowledge
  • Improved confidence
  • Greater connection to food: growing, cooking, and farming

Volunteer Registration Form

If you would like to volunteer, please fill in your details on our Volunteer Registration Form

Weekly Volunteer Sessions

VegBox Packing

VegBox Packing sessions take place inside our barn. The tasks include weighing, portioning and packing the fruit and veg we sell via our online shop, getting everything ready for delivery to our customers.

  • Days of the week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Times: Morning 9am – 12pm / afternoon 1pm – 4pm

Crop Production

Crop Production sessions take place out in the fields, or inside our polytunnels. The tasks include seed sowing, planting out, crop maintenance, harvesting, clearing and composting.

  • Days of the week: Wednesdays and once or twice a month on Saturdays (depending on the time of year)
  • Times: Morning 9am – 12pm / afternoon 1pm – 4pm
  • Harvesting Helpers: Tuesdays 9am – 1pm (volunteer session focused on harvesting)
  • From April – October we have Saturday volunteering twice a month, from November – March we have Saturday volunteering once a month 

Other Farm Volunteer Sessions

  • VegBox bag sorting sessions happen on Mondays from 9am – 11am
  • Composting sessions happen on Mondays from 1pm – 4pm
  • DIY and farm maintenance sessions happen on Thursdays from 1pm – 4pm 

Supported Volunteering

Supported volunteer sessions are distinct from our general volunteer sessions. Key characteristics include:

  • Smaller group size, with a low ratio of staff to volunteers
  • Quieter sessions occurring when there are fewer people on site
  • Activities that are designed to be therapeutic and inclusive
  • No time pressure or operational demands

We host two weekly supported volunteer sessions for adults with autism and / or learning disabilities. Please email Sonia for more information.

Children & Young People

Children aged 8 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult while they are volunteering. It is not possible for children younger than 8 to volunteer, but we welcome younger children to our open days and community events. Please email Sonia for more information.

Contact

Sonia is our Community Engagement Coordinator – the member of staff responsible for all volunteers and visitors to the farm. You can email her via sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk

Additional Information