Friends of Alemany Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to get more involved in different aspects of managing the farm? Friends of Alemany Farm has a number of volunteer opportunities to do just that!

If you’re interested in learning more about one of the opportunities below, please email us at community.gardeners@gmail.com with the position(s) you’re interested in, and tell us a little about yourself: what interests you about the opportunity, any relevant experience, and a phone number where we can reach you.

Remember, many of the positions below can accommodate a range of time commitments and levels of experience. As a volunteer you will receive appropriate training, and you are guaranteed to learn and gain insight as you go! We want to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of our community of volunteers, so if something below interests you, please contact us and see how you can pitch in.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Do you want to spend more time on the farm? These volunteer jobs are mostly on site:

Workday Assistant. If you like our community workdays and would like to take on a little more responsibility, volunteer one workday per month (or more if you want) to assist workday coordinators. (May include coordinating tool setup at start of day or cleanup at end; guiding volunteers in tasks that you’ve been trained on, helping end-of-day harvest run smoothly, etc.) We’re looking for people with some gardening knowledge who are comfortable working with people. Familiarity with the farm preferred. If you come out to volunteer regularly or periodically, this is an excellent chance to learn more and get more involved without a major commitment.

Orchardist. We’re looking for help in the orchard, whether you have a budding interest or you are an experienced orchardist. Depending on your experience, work ranges from doing routine orchard maintenance on up to helping develop and implement an overall management plan for the orchard, including suggestions for removing and planting of trees.

Special Events Assistant. Help plan and staff Alemany Farm’s Earth Day and Harvest Festival events, and other special events. We always need a few more hands to help out with logistics and volunteer shifts for events. Open to all levels of involvement, from staffing on the day of the event to assisting with planning and publicizing. If you can’t make an ongoing commitment, but can volunteer intermittently around a specific event, we can use your help.

Pathway Maintenance. Help keep the farm safe for walkers and wheelbarrows (and explore all the scenic twists and turns as you go). We have a lot of pathways on the farm, and they need periodic upkeep. You can help clear weeds, keep path borders and edges clear, and haul and spread wood chip mulch. Even a commitment of once a month would be helpful. Includes doing pathway survey to determine where maintenance is most needed. You might work alone, or you might coordinate a small group of people in maintenance tasks.

Greenhouse Volunteer. We grow most of our vegetable starts in our greenhouse now, which we are very excited about. If you have limited knowledge but are curious, you can assist with greenhouse tasks as needed, and learn as you go. If you have a lot of knowledge and are still curious, there are opportunities to help coordinate and manage greenhouse operations.

Harvest Helper. On Friday afternoons we harvest for weekly food donations. You can join us to help pick, wash, and weigh produce, and/or deliver to local non-profits.

Compost Assistant. We make a lot of compost, right in the middle of the farm. You can be a compost specialist and assist with managing our compost operation. Different levels of experience and knowledge can translate to different levels of responsibility.

Docent. Lead or help lead farm tours, and/or greet volunteers and provide basic orientation information. Requires familiarity with the farm or a willingness to acquire familiarity. This is a good position for someone who enjoys working with people, has good communications skills, and is enthusiastic about the farm.

Herb Garden Volunteer. Work with current herb garden stewards to make this area thrive!

Native Plant Volunteer. A small group stewards the native plant areas on the farm. Join with them to help maintain, plant, and plan for these areas.

Farm Maintenance. Are you handy? Enjoy fixing things? The farm abounds in opportunities. Irrigation repairs, tool maintenance, wheelbarrow repairs, light construction …. even gopher trapping, though that’s not really fixing stuff. Training available.

Can’t make it to the farm but still want to make an important contribution? We have a few volunteer opportunities that you can work on mostly remotely:

Volunteer Outreach & Publicity. This can range from conceiving and planning volunteer outreach strategies, to simply helping with existing outreach activities. May include sending emails to appropriate groups; responding to inquiries; posting and maintaining listings in periodicals and online community bulletin boards, posting flyers in your neighborhood, and tabling at events.

Fundraising Volunteer. Help raise funds to fulfill our mission, especially via grant writing. Opportunities to help define projects for which we will seek funding. Relevant experience required.

Youth programming. We are open to collaborations with highly motivated individuals or groups who have ideas about how to involve local youth in the farm.