All ages and skill levels are welcome to volunteer at the farm. If you have a willing spirit we will find a job for hands of any size. Even if you can only drop by for an hour, we'd love to have you join us! Coming to the Farm: Upon arrival at Teter Organic Farm, please go directly to the barn on your left at the end of the lane. Sign-In Procedure: The check-in clipboard is located on the counter just inside the barn. Please sign-in with your name, email, and phone number each time you volunteer. (This is very important for our grant writing and reporting.) Once you've signed in, please look for a team leader (Jonah, Aaron, Amber, Pam, or Tina) in the barn or out in the field so you can receive more specific work instructions. What to Wear & Bring with You to the Farm: This is a working farm and therefore you will likely get dirty! We work in all types of weather so be sure to check the forecast before heading out to the farm and dress appropriately. We suggest that you dress in layers, wear boots (or other closed-toe shoes), bring a hat, a water bottle, work gloves, and a light snack. Restrooms are located on the south end of the barn. Health Safety: Please let us know if you have any health conditions we should know about including allergies.
The following guidelines apply to both adults and children, please read them carefully.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Bend your knees when lifting.
- Change positions often when weeding (kneel, squat, bend, etc.).
- Rest when you feel tired.
- If you feel overheated, stop working and get out of the sun immediately.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Please do not climb on tractors or other mechanical equipment.
- Please do not climb over or on the electric fencing. FYI: The electric fence around the fields and greenhouse are turned off when volunteers are working. The electric poultry netting around our chicken coop is always left on
- Please supervise children at all times.
- Report any accidents, damaged tools, or other equipment malfunctions immediately to the Farm Manager, Jonah Tabb.
Children are Welcome on the Farm: Educating children about how and where their food is grown is a major part of the mission of Teter Organic Farm. School-Aged Children are welcome to help out in the fields with a parent or other responsible adult. We have found most children like to work for awhile and then spend some time exploring the farm or playing at the playground. Preschool Children may be too young to work with you in the fields, but they are always welcome to visit the farm with you to look at the vegetables, watch the farmers, dig in the soil, play at the playground, or have a picnic. We sincerely want children and their adults to enjoy the farm.