COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Volunteering on the Farm

We are fortunate to have a great community willing to help us keep urban agriculture thriving and to help us produce the best Certified Organic produce. We welcome volunteers at The Farm to help with many different daily farming tasks.

If you're interested in volunteering please sign-up via the button on this page. You must receive a confirmation email prior to coming to the farm. Please honor your commitment to your scheduled hours by being on time and ready to work. Due to liability concerns, all volunteers must be 18 years of age and sign a waiver before beginning their volunteer time here. 

Make sure to be prepared to get dirty and be out in the sun. Bring sunscreen, water, a hat, a snack and clothing appropriate for the Arizona climate. 

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Volunteering FAQ

 

+ How do I sign-up to volunteer?

Please use the button above to sign up and accept our volunteer waiver. We will then send you the times that we have available to come and volunteer on the farm.

If you are bringing a group of more than 4 people, please refer to the question below.

+ I have a group or organization that would like to volunteer. What is the process for volunteering?

With a group that has four or more participants, you must RSVP with The Farm at Agritopia Director, Katie Critchley, at least one week before the day you would like to bring your group to volunteer. It would be beneficial to schedule your volunteer opportunity well in advance: the farm staff reserves the right to decline a group volunteering if there are already groups scheduled for the chosen date. We do not accept groups larger than eight members without specifically scheduling a volunteer event.

+ When can I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities at The Farm at Agritopia are open from 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Given Arizona's temperate seasons, volunteer opportunities may start and end earlier in the summer.

+ Can I come and go during volunteer hours as I please?

Please plan to stay and contribute for a minimum of two consecutive hours when volunteering.

+ I have no prior farming experience. Can I still volunteer?

Of course! The Farm at Agritopia is non-profit educational farm, and the farm staff works hard to ensure that each volunteer is placed with a project that is best suited his or her skill level. Additionally, the staff and experienced volunteers will work with newer and less-experienced volunteers in order to successfully accomplish a task. All volunteers are encouraged to work at their strength level and take breaks when needed.

+ Can children volunteer?

Given that The Farm at Agritopia is a large scale, fully operational commerical farm, we ask that you do not bring children with you to volunteer. The farm is a dynamic environment, and young people under 18 can both get hurt and hurt others (people and plants alike) if not appropriately supervised.

However, we host a variety of events on the farm that welcome family members of all ages, including monthly farm tours, U-Picks in the orchard, and workshops. Visit our events page to learn more.

+ What should I wear and bring with me?

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes that you do not mind getting dirty in. Bring work or garden gloves if you have them, and dress according to the weather. A hat with a shade is particularly useful working under the Arizona sun. In cooler months, wear layers as you tend to warm up while working and will want to take something off. Also, bring a water bottle, any snacks you need, and sunscreen or insect repellent as needed.

+ Does The Farm at Agritopia have have bees?

Yes, The Farm at Agritopia has a few regulated on-site beehives. We will inform volunteers of the location of any bee colonies. Most bees will not sting if left alone. Bee stings can cause a medical emergency if one is allergic to them. Volunteers groups should be aware of any one in their group who may have this problem and be prepared to respond appropriately.