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Open Volunteer Day:

Join us one Saturday morning a month to volunteer at the farm, starting in May, from 9 - 12. This is a great introduction to our two farm sites and our work creating a more equitable, sustainable food system. Tasks include weeding, hoeing, building garden beds, moving wood chips and mulch, and turning compost. Get to know our staff and get your hands in the soil! Supervised children are welcome to these monthly events.

Mask wearing is required. Each attendee must pre-register and fill out our COVID waiver 24 hours before attending this event.

When: 2nd Saturday of every Month May-October

  • May 8, 2021
  • June 12, 2021
  • July 10, 2021
  • August 14, 2021
  • September 11, 2021
  • October 9, 2021

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water! We’ll supply the gloves and tools.
Cost: Free
Register: Please pre-register; space is limited.

Eventbrite links will be released on a monthly basis, pending lifted COVID restrictions in VA.
Click here to see the latest opportunities

 

Farm Tonic:

Fight the “Sunday Scaries” once a month at this farm-based afternoon-into-evening volunteer gathering. Get your hands dirty and deny that Monday exists while you help us shape up our education and demonstration gardens. Farm Tonic is geared towards adults. No potluck – for health reasons – but we will have our traditional toast to the setting sun!  This event is free. 

Mask wearing is required. Each attendee must pre-register and fill out our COVID waiver 24 hours before attending this event.

When: 3rd Sunday of every month May-October 

  • May 16, 2021
  • June 20, 2021
  • July 18, 2021
  • August 15, 2021
  • September 19, 2021
  • October 17, 2021

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water! We’ll supply the gloves and tools.
Cost: Free
Register: Please pre-register; space is limited. 

Eventbrite links will be released on a monthly basis, pending lifted COVID restrictions in VA 

Click here to see the latest opportunities

 

Volunteer at our Production Farm:

This opportunity is for the volunteer who really wants to learn about sustainable farming and can commit to working on a regular basis! All we require is a desire to learn and work as part of a team to grow vibrant vegetables for our community. Tasks include harvesting, planting, washing, greenhouse management, and weeding and moving heavy wheelbarrows of compost. Volunteers are welcome on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at our Dogue Farm. You must register through Eventbrite; space is limited.

Reserve your volunteer shift on Eventbrite 

 

Corporate Volunteer Day: 

Build -- or rebuild! -- that office esprit d’corps after a year of lockdown in a socially distanced, healthy outdoor environment: working together on our farm! 

Arcadia staff share sustainable agricultural practices and introduce volunteers to our mission: to cultivate vibrant local food systems to  prioritize health, equity, and sustainability. 

We’ll guide you through the task for the day and provide water, tools, gardening gloves, and training. You provide the teamwork!

The Experience: Arcadia staff will introduce you to the hows and whys of sustainable agricultural practices and share our program areas and mission, including food access, healthy food production, and veteran farmer training. We will provide drinking water, tools, gardening gloves, instruction and oversight. Volunteers engage in seasonally appropriate work that supports our mission. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunhats, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers may bring work gloves or borrow ours.

Dates:

Flexible 
April-November
10am-2pm

Price:

  • Groups of 10 volunteers or less:
    • $500 donation
    • $100 nonrefundable deposit
  • Groups of 11-25* volunteers:
    • $1,000 donation
    • $250 nonrefundable deposit

Group Size: We can accomodate up to 25 volunteers per day (if a larger group is desired, please contact leah@arcadiafood.org)

Group Projects:

  • Planting
  • Seeding
  • Bed Building
  • Weeding
  • Painting
  • Mulch Spreading
  • Compost laying
  • Harvesting
  • and more

Request a group volunteer day by contacting Leah@Arcadiafood.org

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  • Soil Magic: Reflections From a Veteran Farm Fellow

    By Vanessa Hale, USAF, ret.  The first time I cooked food I had helped grow at Arcadia, I started to cry.  Maybe,  just maybe,  it was the white spear scallions that helped the tear ducts awaken, but shortly thereafter I was...

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