When it’s said that Fairgate Farm is “volunteer powered”, we mean that our volunteers are essential to the Farm and are integral to its mission. Each year over 2,600 volunteer hours are logged by individuals, corporations, schools and community groups. Farm volunteers engage in all types of important activities. As the season begins, we are coaxing planting beds back to life with no-till soil management practices, spreading beneficial compost, and gently planting seedlings grown in our greenhouse. As the season progresses, we are planting, nurturing and harvesting produce that is shared with our volunteers and community hunger-relief organizations. Our volunteers also help us to host harvest-related festivals, a variety of community classes and even work in our Fairgate Farm Market. There are countless ways that you can make a difference!
Due to the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Fairgate Farm has made several changes to summer volunteer participation. Out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of our Farm staff, volunteers and community, all volunteers must pre-schedule through our Outreach Coordinator Heidi Andersen firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be limited to 5 volunteers per 1 or 2-hour shift. In addition, volunteers will be asked to follow the volunteer guidelines as set forth by the CT Department of Agriculture and the CDC. Volunteers will also be asked to sign a volunteer health disclosure form before each volunteer session. Furthermore, please note that our restroom facilities will remain closed to the public. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your session.
The dedication and generosity of our volunteers allows the Farm to exist, which in turn makes it possible to educate and feed our community. We look forward to having you join us!