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Volunteer Opportunities

So you want to be an Arcadian! 

First, please fill out This Form so we can get to know you and find ways to leverage your unique talents and schedule: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuGtTBPQJbrLDkmXTb8hfyT4BUidEywXeekL6lqEVNt-OS6g/viewform

 

There are many ways to volunteer with Arcadia: 

  1. Group Volunteer Day
  2. Individual Volunteer Days
  3. Farm Education Volunteers
  4. Mobile Market Volunteers
  5. Mobile Market Education Volunteers
  6. Programs, Events, and Outreach

 

Group Volunteer Day

Join Arcadia for a team-building day on the farm this season! 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 provide water, tools, gardening gloves, training and guidance. You provide the teamwork!

We have two farm sites on our property.

Dogue Farm is our 3-acre vegetable production and veteran-farmer training site. Arcadia established Dogue Farm in 2016 on an old horse pasture, growing more than 80,000 servings of fresh, healthy food for Arcadia's Mobile Market customers in low-income, low-food access neighborhoods around Washington, D.C. It is named to reference George Washington’s former Dogue Run Farm on the same site, which primarily featured a mix of rye, corn and other grains for his distillery.

Hilltop Farm is a mixed vegetable farm and the site of our children’s experiential Groundhog Garden, as well as the location for field trips and farm camp for 2,500 schoolchildren annually.

The Experience: Arcadia staff will discuss sustainable agricultural practices and introduce volunteers to our program areas and mission, including food access, healthy food production, and veteran farmer training. We will provide water, tools, gardening gloves, instruction and oversight. Volunteers engage in seasonally appropriate work that supports our agriculture, food access and educational 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:
Thursdays and Fridays
April-November
10am-2pm

Alternative options are negotiable, dependent on staff availability, seasonality, and discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator. Please contact leah@arcadiafood.org.

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 pam@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.

 

Individual Volunteer Days

Open Volunteer Day
The Experience:
The second Saturday of every month, sign up to volunteer for Open Volunteer Day. This is a great introduction to our two farm sites and our work creating a more equitable, sustainable food system. Tasks may include but are not limited to building beds, weeding, hoeing, moving compost and wood chips, irrigating, tending the chickens, repairing fences, trellising tomatoes, seeding or transplanting. This is a great time to get to know staff and determine if you actually enjoy farm work. Supervised children are welcome. No dogs, please (working dogs excepted).

The Expectation:

  • Register in Advance
  • Come on time! We start promptly at 9am
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, including close-toed shoes
  • Dress for the weather
  • Bring a water bottle and/or snack

Dates: Second Saturday of the Month.
Price: Free! Sign up through Eventbrite.

2020 Open Saturday Volunteer Days at Arcadia Farm are as follows:

  • Apr 11
  • May 9
  • Jun 13  
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12 
  • October 10 
  • November 14

Register for an Open Saturday Volunteer Day Today! Click HERE

Farm Tonic
The Experience:
Can’t get enough of the farm? Join our team on the first two Sundays of each month for a few hours of weeding, conversation, and a potluck feast at Arcadia Farn. Bring something to share, get your hands dirty, and unwind before the new work week. Sign up for Farm Team Newsletters, which will alert you to schedules, tasks and agricultural information that will come in handy on our next outing. Supervised children are welcome, but the potluck has adult-leaning food and drinks. Email farmteam@arcadiafood.org
The Expectation:
Show up at the appointed time (approximately 3 hours before sunset), bring something to share for the potluck, and be ready for dirty jobs. Farm Tonickers do a lot of weeding!
DATES: Generally the First and Second Sundays of the month
PRICE: Free! But sign up through Eventbrite, and bring something delicious to share! 
Preliminary 2029 Tonic Dates Dates:

April 5
April 12
May 3
May 10
June 7
June 14
July 5
July 12
August 2
August 9
September 6
September 13
October 4
October 11
November 1
November 8

 

Arcadia Farm Volunteer
For the volunteer who really wants to learn about sustainable farming at the side of a professional farmer, and can commit to working on a regular basis.
The Experience:

  • Training and hands-on experience on a sustainable vegetable farm dedicated to food equity
  • Support farm staff with farm tasks like harvest, planting, greenhouse management, chicken care and weeding 
  • During the growing season, volunteer hours are offered Tuesday-Saturday 8am to 1pm  

The Expectation:

  • Complete a volunteer orientation to learn tool locations at our farm sites, basic farm food safety safety and an intro to some of the sustainable growing techniques we use on our farms
  • Volunteer at least 8 hours monthly. Our favorite volunteers come every week on a regular schedule! There is often extra produce for volunteers to take home as a token of appreciation for their time

Dates: April – November
Price: FREE!
Register: Please fill out This Form to sign up as a volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuGtTBPQJbrLDkmXTb8hfyT4BUidEywXeekL6lqEVNt-OS6g/viewform

 

Farm Education Volunteers

The Experience: Arcadia seeks Farm Education Volunteers to assist with the Arcadia Farm Field Trip Program which teaches students about the origins of healthy food. Field Trips help students in grades Pre-K-5th make the connection that fresh food comes from the earth through hands-on, farm-based learning. Trips familiarize students with new fruits and vegetables that grow in the DC Metro area so that they will be more likely to eat those healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home. Farm Education Volunteers help make Field Trips safe, educational and fun. They help monitor the space, provide instruction during trips, and assist with general garden maintenance.

The Expectation: Volunteers commit to one of our two Field Trip days: either Thursday or Friday from 9:00am-2:30pm

  • Desire to work with children (preK-5) in an outdoor school setting
  • Experience working with youth, especially in an outdoor environment
  • Dynamic, energetic personality
  • Desire to learn about sustainable growing practices and food education
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and a sense of humor
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs
  • First Aid/CPR certification is a plus
  • Must be able to pass a background check

Dates: One day/week from October - November. This is a 5 hour/week commitment under the guidance of our Farm Education Director.
Price: Free
Register: Please fill out This Form to sign up as a volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuGtTBPQJbrLDkmXTb8hfyT4BUidEywXeekL6lqEVNt-OS6g/viewform

 

Mobile Market Volunteers

Volunteer on our Mobile Market, a national leader in food access. You’ll help set up and breakdown the market, assist customers and provide basic nutritional education. The Mobile Market operates Monday through Friday, April 30th through October 30th, at regular, weekly stops throughout Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. The market's daily stops will occur every Monday evening, Tuesday evening, and all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Check out the Mobile Market page to view the season’s complete schedule. Volunteers will be asked to commit to one (or more!) market stop(s) for the duration of the season.

If you would like to volunteer with the Mobile Market, please email Erin Close at Erin@arcadiafood.org with a letter of interest and relevant work experience. 

 

 

Programs, Events, and Outreach

Represent Arcadia at local events, meetings, and presentations, or volunteer to help at one of our public programs. This is a great way to get involved with Arcadia and to learn more about what we are doing to change the Food System. To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please join our volunteer mailing list (make sure to check the box for the volunteer list).

Special Events:

Farm Dinner: Wear your best gingham and plaid and help us pull off the most fabulous farm event of the year: the Farm Dinner! Offered every fall (and sometimes spring too!) this fundraising dinner is a gorgeous night on the farm working with the region’s top chefs to celebrate all things Arcadia!

The Funtacular: Old Fashioned Farm Festival Goodness! Games, donuts, music, a pumpkin patch and learning stations… a great way to involve whole families on the farm!

Snallygaster: This annual, massive craft beer festival is a benefit for Arcadia. Pour beer or work the ticket tent, and have a great day with 10,000 beer lovers!

Farmer-Chef Speed Sourcing Happy Hour: This annual gathering of the top farmers and chefs in the DC region matches buyers and sellers of local food, all for the good of the regional farm economy. Come help us get everyone mixing! 

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