Volunteer Opportunities

Farm Work

Hoping for a better tomato crop next year?  Wanting to grow greens in your backyard this winter? Or maybe you just want to learn more about arid land food production?  As a farm work volunteer, you can fine tune your desert gardening skills while helping us grow the vegetables that TVF uses for educational programs. Our volunteers participate in all aspects of farming, including: preparing garden beds, weeding, turning compost, planting seeds, harvesting, caring for our chickens, and so much more. No experience necessary, just a willingness to work hard and learn!  We welcome volunteers on the following days and times:

 

Mondays & Wednesdays

  • 7 am — 11 am (May — August)

  • 8 am — 12 pm (September — April)

Tuesdays**

  • 5 pm — 7 pm (May — August)

  • 4 pm — 6 pm (September — April)

 

**Kid-friendly volunteer opportunities for youth ages 12 and younger are also available on Tuesdays during our U-pick market from 4-6.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.  

 

Please keep in mind that it can get hot out on the farm!  If you plan to volunteer, we ask that you arrive fully prepared for the elements. This includes:

  • Protective, comfortable clothing that can get dirty (close-toed shoes, hats, sunglasses)

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen

If you have further questions regarding farm work volunteering, please email volunteertvf@gmail.com.

 

Growing Forward: Education Volunteer

TVF’s mission is to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices. We accomplish this in part by facilitating hundreds of school field trips for pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students. Our flagship “Growing Forward” program is a two hour, hands-on experience which cycles students through various stations of the farm where they learn about food production, composting, vermiculture (worm farming), soil health, nutrition, whole grains, food literacy, chickens, and more. As an educator you will play a crucial role in delivering this program by leading the lessons, getting kids excited about veggies, and helping us to change the world…”one carrot at a time”.

 

Given the importance of this program and the training involved, we ask that our education volunteers commit to 4 hours a week for one school semester. Education volunteer shifts are available:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays (and occasional Wednesdays) 8:30 am — 12 pm

 

If you are interested in becoming an education volunteer or have further questions about Growing Forward, please contact Parker at (724) 421-3827, or parkerfiler@gmail.com.

Take and Make Seed Packs

Looking for a great group service project?  We need your help packaging up our beautiful Hollyhock and Sunflower seeds! If you and your group are looking for a creative and fun way to help the farm and complete a service project at the same time, our Take and Make Seed Packets are just the thing! You can check out a craft kit, take it home, make and fill seed packets and then bring them back to the Farm. Please contact Katie  at katieanne.1289@gmail.com to schedule the pick up.