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.

Different time slots will have different responsibilities 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 on a 6 week rotation.

Although tasks will change seasonally, see the 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).

City Farmer Sessions

Farm Work Sessions
Saturday 9 am-12 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Sunday 3-6 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Tuesday 5-8 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Wednesday 9 am-12 pm: Harvest Day! Assist with our weekly harvest and any other tasks needed on the farm.

Market Sessions
Wednesday 12-3 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. If all market tasks are complete, this session will also involve farm work, so make sure you are dressed to get dirty!

Wednesday 2:30-5:30 pm: 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). We ask volunteers to attend a separate Produce Plus training in order to be able to help with this program.

Wednesday 4:30-7:30 pm: 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). We ask volunteers to attend a separate Produce Plus training in order to be able to help with this program.

Friday 9 am-12 pm: Assist with various farming tasks and help harvest for, set up and run a farm stand at the senior apartment building close to the farm.

Youth Education Sessions
Please note- sessions that involve working with youth require completion of a background check. (Common Good will split or cover the cost of the background check as needed).

Monday 9:30-11 am: Assist with the Little Farmers toddler program (reading stories and exploring the farm with toddlers and their guardians).

Wednesday 4-6 pm: Assist with our LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them).

Sunday 4-6 pm: Assist with our LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them)

Requirements
Our City Farmers program is for volunteers 16 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. Vouchers will be based on $5 per hour spent volunteering and will be redeemable at our farm market when it opens in May.

Register here! If a spot you are interested in doesn't show up for registration right now or the spots have been filled, please check back later because we will be adding more sign up options to this same page throughout the season.