Volunteer

New Haven Farms is looking for volunteers!

New Haven Farms exists because volunteers like you who want to be a part of something great.  Whether getting your hands in the dirt, assisting with the Farm-Based Wellness Program, or sharing other gifts to work together for health and community development through urban agriculture, you can find a place to have fun and contribute to our New Haven Farms community.

As you might guess, in the winter we have less need for volunteers because we are inside planning and not out on the farm.

More volunteer openings open up in the spring, when we begin looking for volunteers to help out on the farm. Then, when our Farm-Based Wellness Program starts at the end of May, we need lots more volunteer help on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.

Please see specific volunteer openings below and contact Liz Marsh at volunteercoordinator@newhavenfarms.org with any questions about additional information or alternative opportunities.

 

Farm Team Volunteer (needed March through October)

POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Farm Team is the heart of our organization—without these individuals, our farms would not function! As a Farm Team Volunteer you will work with our farm manager, Jacqueline, to plant, cultivate, water and harvest the produce that gets distributed to our CSA members. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your hands dirty, learn about organic vegetable production, and most importantly enjoy the satisfaction of being outside and growing healthy food! We are looking for individuals who can commit to coming regular weekly hours – either Tuesdays or Thursdays 8am – noon or Tues/ Thurs 3pm – 6pm. This position is unpaid however if the volunteer is able to commit to regular weekly volunteering we will provide a half share of weekly vegetables (enough veggies for a house of 2-3 people).

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Reliable

TO APPLY:
Please send a paragraph summary of your interest and qualifications, along with your resume and whether or not you speak Spanish to Liz at volunteercoordinator@newhavenfarms.org.

 

Cooking + Nutrition Team Volunteer (Needed June through September) 

POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
New Haven Farms’ Farm-Based Wellness Program develops participants’ knowledge of healthy eating: the preparation of balanced meals as well as the nutritional content of foods, with special attention on fats and carbohydrates. A cooking and nutrition team volunteer will help support our Chef and Nutrition Educator in healthy meal preparation, material preparation, food distribution, recipe creation and nutrition education (if qualified). Volunteers for Cooking + Nutrition are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September for any amount of time between 3pm and 8pm to help with our Farm Based Wellness Program. This position is unpaid however if the volunteer is able to commit to regular weekly volunteering we will provide a half share of weekly vegetables (enough veggies for a house of 2-3 people).

TO APPLY:
Please send a paragraph summary of your interest and qualifications, along with your resume and whether or not you speak Spanish to Liz at volunteercoordinator@newhavenfarms.org.

 

Youth Environmental Education Volunteer (Needed June through September)

POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Environmental Educator Volunteer will be a leader in supporting and developing the Youth Farm -Based Wellness Program. The purpose of the program is to give children a chance to explore and learn about the environment, food system and nutrition through interactive lessons and on­ farm activities. The youth program runs in conjunction with our adult Farm-Based Wellness Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on our farm site through September.

Volunteers are needed Tues/Thurs 4:30pm to 8:00pm through September.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults
  • Knowledge or interest in gardening, environment, science, health and nutrition, and physical activities
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English) desired but not essential

TO APPLY:
Please send a paragraph summary of your interest and qualifications, along with your resume and whether or not you speak Spanish to Liz at volunteercoordinator@newhavenfarms.org.

 

Research + Welcome Table Team Volunteer (Needed June through September)

POSITION SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Welcome Table Team Volunteer plays an essential role in greeting participants to our Farm Based Wellness Program, taking weights and other vitals (training provided), helping with weekly participant surveys and providing program support as needed. This is a fun position for a well organized, social individual. This position can be combined with any of our other Tuesday/Thursday evening volunteer positions.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults. Knowledge or interest in gardening, environment, science, health and nutrition, and food systems Bilingual (Spanish/ English) – must be bilingual for Tuesdays, English only is ok for Thursdays.

TO APPLY:
Please send a paragraph summary of your interest and qualifications, along with your resume and whether or not you speak Spanish to Liz at volunteercoordinator@newhavenfarms.org.