We offer a number of ways for you to get involved at Arcadia. If you would like to volunteer in some way other than the opportunities listed below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arcadia hosts volunteers on the farm one Saturday per month* from 9am-12pm.
We ask that volunteers register online for workdays, and we open registration during the last week of each month for the following month.
Farm work may include: weeding, planting seeds, transplanting, sifting compost, hauling manure and compost, digging, watering and more. We provide gloves, tools, and drinking water.
On regular farm work days, volunteers should:
Looking for a unique service opportunity for your class, organization, or group of friends? Come out to the farm! Arcadia Farm loves hosting groups of up to 40 volunteers with advance notice. You’ll be amazed at how much we can accomplish together.
Farm work may include: weeding, planting seeds, transplanting, sifting compost, hauling manure and compost, digging, watering and more. We provide gloves, tools, and drinking water. Our site has two lovely outdoor picnic areas where your group can enjoy lunch after the workday.
Volunteer groups should:
We’re also happy to offer short lessons or team-building exercises depending on the needs of your group (There may be a fee for this service). Email email@example.com to learn more or to schedule a volunteer group.
"Watching kids see a carrot pulled from the ground for the first time is something special. Their eyes light up and and you can almost witness the synapses in their brain fire. Before your very eyes, their schema for a carrot has changed. That's pretty awesome." - Volunteer Farm Educator
Arcadia Farm field trips are full of aha! moments: when a child sees a pumpkin on the vine for the first time, when kids try radishes - and actually like them, when a teachers gets a great idea for his school garden. Field Trips help students make the connection that healthy, fresh food comes from the earth. It also familiarizes students with new regional fruits and vegetables, so that they will be more likely to eat those healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home. Volunteer Farm Educators are a key part of making this happen.
You will help monitor the space, provide instruction and supervision, and assist with general garden maintenance. We will host groups of up to 60 elementary school students from Washington, DC and northern Virginia schools. We provide training for volunteers who can commit to one Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:30am to 2:30 each week from April 1st to June 15.
Helping kids discover where their food comes from is quite magical. If you want to become a Volunteer Farm Educator, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a note describing your interest. You can find full information on the position description. We'd love to have your help!
Help with our Mobile Market operations, including customer assistance, market set-up and breakdown, nutrition education, and social media outreach. The Mobile Market operates Monday through Friday, May 1st through October 30th, at regular, weekly stops throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. The market's daily schedule is still being finalized, but stops will occur every Monday evening, Tuesday evening, and all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Volunteers will be asked to commit to one or several market stops for the duration of the season.
If you would like to volunteer with the Mobile Market, please email Benjamin Bartley at Benjamin@arcadiafood.org with your resume and a letter of interest. For a description of the position and additional instructions, please visit the position posting.
Represent Arcadia at local events, meetings, and presentations, or volunteer to help at one of our public pograms. 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).