City Farmers

Common Good’s City Farmers program is an opportunity to take your involvement with our farm to the next level. As a City Farmer, you will have the opportunity to participate in multiple aspects of running an urban farm, including hands-on farm tasks, youth education programs, our farm market, community events and more.

City Farmer Volunteers who make less than a DC Living Wage are eligible to earn produce vouchers in exchange for their volunteer time ($5 voucher per hour worked). To sign up for this option, just select it during registration and we'll ask you to submit proof of income or proof of eligibility for public benefits.

Different time slots will have different responsibilities with a focus on 1-2 of our programs, so you can choose what works best for your interest and your schedule. We ask each volunteer to commit to coming weekly during the same time slot for at least 12 weeks and we have sessions starting the first week of every month.

Although tasks will change seasonally, see the full list below to get an idea of what each session will involve (Please note- sessions that involve working with youth require completion of a background check). Register Here. Registration is closed for the 2018 season, but we can still take some volunteers through mid November. If you are interested contact info@commongoodcityfarm.org

2018 City Farmer Sessions

Mondays from 9:30-11: Assist with the Little Farmers toddler program. (starting in late April)

Tuesdays from 4-7 pm: Assist the farm manager with all the tasks of the farm. Right now this includes building beds and getting the farm back in shape for spring planting

Wednesdays 9am-12pm: Assist the farm manager with all the tasks of the farm. Right now this includes building beds and getting the farm back in shape for spring planting. In a couple months this will be when we do our weekly harvest!

Wednesdays 1-4 pm: Volunteers will assist with preparations for the market: harvest and wash produce (if necessary), package produce, bring produce and equipment over to market, and set up market. (starting in June)

Wednesdays 3-7pm: Assist at our weekly market with check out and assist with distributing vouchers for the Produce Plus program (a program which allows eligible residents to receive $10 per week per market to purchase fruits and vegetables)

For this time slot, we ask volunteers to commit to the entire Produce Plus season (late May-September), but you are not required to come every week, a schedule will be created during the first session/ training on May 30th.

Wednesdays 4:15-7:15: Assist with our LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them) and help break down our weekly market. (starting in late April)

Thursdays 9am-12pm: Assist with various farming tasks, help lead school field trips and help process leftover produce for our value added products later in the season. (starting in April)

Fridays 9 am - 12 pm: Assist with various farming tasks and help set up and run a farm stand at a senior apartment building close to the farm. (Starting in June)

Saturdays 9am-12pm:Assist the farm manager with all the tasks of the farm, right now this includes building beds and getting the farm back in shape for spring planting.

Sundays 3-6 pm: A combination of farm work and working with our LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them). (starting in late April)

Requirements

Our City Farmers program is for volunteers 18 years of age or older.
All levels of experience are welcome! We ask that you:
-Be committed to volunteering weekly for the length of the session you register for.
-Are open to learning and participating in a variety of tasks
-Show up with a friendly, positive attitude
-Read the session descriptions and only sign up if you are open to all activities listed

Produce Vouchers
To receive produce vouchers, you must make less than a DC Living Wage and have submitted your qualifying paperwork.
Vouchers will be distributed based on $5 per hour volunteering and will be redeemable at our farm market (Note: the market will not open until May, so vouchers earned before we have produce available will not be redeemable right away).

Register here and contact us with any questions: info@commongoodcityfarm.org.