Who are your volunteers?
People of all ages and backgrounds volunteer at Fairgate Farm, from toddlers to seniors. Our volunteers come on their own as individuals or may come as groups of friends or co-workers. We have corporate teams, community service groups and people from organizations like Future 5 and the Boys & Girls Club. We welcome anyone and everyone who wishes to volunteer at the Farm!
What is the time commitment involved in volunteering at Fairgate Farm?
There is no minimum time requirement. You can come for an hour or many hours, once or twice a season or every week. We have some one-time volunteers but, honestly, the more valuable and rewarding experiences are once you’ve gotten to know the Farm. Whether you come several days a week or several days a month, committing to regular volunteering will give you the most knowledge, best experience, and greatest impact in the community.
How long do volunteers stay each time?
Depends, though between 1 and 3 hours is typically the “sweet spot”.
Do all volunteers do the same tasks?
Tasks are very dependent on the day and time of the season, and also on the individual. We do our best to cater tasks based on ability and skill, experience, interest, and necessity.
Do you ever need volunteers for special events?
Definitely. We always have lots of things going on in season, from our festivals to our classes and everything in between. We need people to help with setup and breakdown, children’s activities, helping host workshops and more. We are always looking for volunteers with musical or artistic talents, yoga skills, or local chefs or nutritionists who are willing to share their talents with our community. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to use your talents to make a positive change!
Can children volunteer at Fairgate?
Kids are welcome to come along at any age to experience the farm! We ask anyone under middle school age to be accompanied by an adult.
Is there an instructional session or orientation for volunteers?
We don’t host a formal orientation session, however, we will happily show you around the farm on your first visit to learn more about who we are, what we do, and give you a better lay of the land.
What should I bring or wear?
Wear what’s comfortable for you, though be prepared to get dirty. Closed-toed are recommended to protect your feet and a hat and/or sunscreen may be a good idea as well (the Farm is rather sunny!). Feel free to bring your own gloves and tools if you prefer, though we have a stash of gloves and tools you are more than welcome to use, as well. Please also bring your own refillable water.
What do volunteers take home?
The answer depends on what’s in season. In the spring and early summer, the harvest is small yet but we do our best to offer what we can. Throughout the summer and fall there is plenty of herbs, fruits, and veggies to go around!
What are the benefits of volunteering at Fairgate Farm?
There are so many! An obvious one is that our volunteers share in our harvest, taking home fresh-picked fruits and vegetables during the season. Since its inception, we’ve also donated lots of fresh produce to Stamford’s hunger relief charities like food banks and community kitchens. Our volunteers learn about farming, get lots of exercise, enjoy the companionship of other volunteers and go home, usually tired and happy, knowing they’ve made an important contribution to our community.
What skills do volunteers need?
We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
If we haven’t answered all your questions here, feel free to reach out to Farmer Pete:
email@example.com or call/text 203-940-2305.