The Accokeek Foundation is seeking workshare volunteers for the 2015 growing season. If you are interested in the principles of sustainable agriculture and farm market operations, and are able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours for 15 weeks during the growing season (March – November), then join the Ecosystem Farm Workshare Corps. As a workshare corps volunteer, you will receive a weekly share of produce in exchange for the opportunity to be stewards of the land, working on a nonprofit, certified-organic educational farm operation as you learn about growing produce, raising chickens and egg production, permaculture, and farming sustainably.
Workshare opportunities include: Field Crew – Ready to begin by March 1, Field Crew volunteers will help with field prep, sowing seed, setting irrigation, weed management, and general farm tasks. This opportunity is ideal for someone who enjoys physical work and getting dirty, and is eager to learn about principles of sustainable agriculture such as seasonality, permaculture, and propagation from cuttings.
Scheduling: March – November (option for early-, mid-, or late-season blocks available) Mondays – Thursdays; 8 am – 12 pm OR 3 pm – 7 pm Saturdays; 9 am – 1 pm
Harvest Helpers – Available to help harvest produce on Fridays during the season, April – Nov, Harvest Helpers will assist the farm team to prepare for the weekly farm markets by picking, bunching, washing, packing, and transporting produce. Volunteers will be scheduled to work primarily on Fridays. Additional weekday shifts mid-season are possible.
Scheduling: April – November (option for early-, mid-, or late-season blocks available) Fridays; 8 am – 12 pm OR 11 am – 3 pm
Market Crew – Beginning in April, the Accokeek Foundation will be participating in a farmer’s market serving the Prince George’s County community, as well as an on-farm market located at Piscataway Park in Accokeek. Market Crew volunteers will help farm staff at either the Iverson Mall Farmer’s Market or the Piscataway Park Market with set-up and breakdown, greeting customers, and processing payments. Knowledge about farm produce, and cooking and eating seasonally is ideal, but not required.
Scheduling: April – November (option for early-, mid-, or late-season blocks available) Saturdays; 8 am – 12 pm OR 11 am – 3 pm
To apply: Return a completed New Volunteer Form and EF Workshare Volunteer Questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries, call Casey Lowe at 301-283-2113. Volunteers must be available for orientation on March 1.