Doko Farm loves our volunteers!
Spring Volunteering Opportunities
Regardless of the time of year, there is always plenty to do at the farm! Current projects include repairing the goat shed, building brooders, upgrading our Turkey Chateau, and fencing additional areas for livestock. We are also looking for volunteers who would like to come out on a semi regular basis to help with general farm chores and animal care. Email us for more information.
During last year's two day tour, over 400 people visited Doko Farm! We could not have pulled off such a feat without our amazing volunteers! Thank you. We are looking for volunteers again for this year's Midlands Farm Tour, April 5-6, 2014. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, parking, farm stand sales, children's activities and answering visitor questions. Volunteer shifts are from noon to 5:15pm on Saturday or Sunday. Please email, if you are interested in signing up to volunteer for this event.
Volunteers get a free button, to tour the other farms and gardens, on the day they are not working. Volunteers will also be rewarded with goodies from the farm!
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help with the Midland's Farm Tour at Doko Farm. We have a couple of volunteers spots still available for Saturday and Sunday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
CFSA is also looking for volunteers to help staff the sign-in tables at each farm. CFSA volunteers also receive a button to tour farms on the day they are not working and a CFSA Farm Tour T-shirt. To volunteer for these spots, please contact Vanessa Driscoll at 828-301-2328, or email email@example.com.
School Group Volunteers
Each year, we have a few school groups come out to the farm to learn more about sustainable food production. We feel that teaching students the value of local and sustainable farming increases everyone's food security. We ask that volunteers, who would like to help out with a school group, have volunteered with Doko Farm previously and are familiar with our farm and our sustainable practices. Current School Field Studies on the calendar are April 24th (High School) and May 9th (2nd grade). Help local students be "Outstanding in their Field!" Email Doko Farm to volunteer.
Who can volunteer? Anyone interested in getting their hands dirty and being involved with growing and raising local food is welcome! Both individuals, and families can spend part of their day volunteering at Doko Farm. Individuals under 16 years old are able to volunteer, alongside their parent/guardian.
What type of time commitment is required? We ask for a minimum time commitment of 2 hours, though time commitments for events may vary. Volunteers can arrange to come out and help for just one day, or set-up something more regular, such as once a month. We are pretty flexible that way.
What will I be asked to do? Expect to be put to work! Volunteers can be asked to help with building animal shelters, moving poultry flocks, or working in the garden. Basically, you get to help with the day to day running of the farm. If there is something that you prefer to do (working with the garden vs. pasture-raised animals, for example), let us know when you arrange to come out to the farm. We will do our best to accomodate your interests. Some days we are able to pick and choose what we do, and some days there is a priority that needs our immediate attention.
What should I bring? Volunteers must wear enclosed shoes (fire ants!). We also recommend long pants to protect your legs and clothes that can get dirty. Work gloves are nice, if you have them. You may also want to bring water and a snack, especially if you will be spending more than just a couple of hours with us.
Are volunteers compensated for their time? While we are not able to offer monetary compensation to our volunteers, we do share the bounty from our kitchen garden. You may also take home a greater understanding of the work involved, in raising the food we eat, and a body that has benefited from fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Plus, there is the good karma and warm fuzzies that come along with doing a good deed.
Do you ever need volunteers to help with your awesome events? Yes! And volunteers that help with a specific event are able to attend that event at a discounted rate, or free! Check our workshop and event pages to see what we have available. Events and workshops require time commitments that may differ from the 2 hour minimum.
Great! How do I become a volunteer? Send us an email. Please include your contact information (name, email, phone number), when you would like to volunteer (if you have a couple of options that helps), and anything else you think we should know. We appreciate hearing from you at least a week in advance. This allows us to better plan around when help will be available. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding that our days are full on the farm and we do not spend lots of time in front of our computer.
We look forward to sharing part of our day with you. Thank you!