There are seven ways to volunteer with Arcadia:
Looking for a unique service opportunity for your business, colleagues, class, or organization? Come out to the farm! Arcadia Farm can host groups of up to 30 volunteers through our Volunteer Day Program. We offer this opportunity typically on Mondays and Tuesdays due to our farm-to-school programming. If your group requires a different schedule, please contact us to determine availability. 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 farm staff is deeply knowledgeable about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy food access, and will incorporate learning into your service. Our site has two lovely outdoor picnic areas where your group can enjoy refreshments after the workday.
We offer short lessons and team-building exercises depending on the needs of your group, as well as catered breakfast, lunch or snacks on the farm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates, to learn more, or to schedule a service day.
Volunteer groups should:
Arcadia hosts volunteers on the farm one Saturday per month, from 9am-12pm. This opportunity is designed for families, individuals, couples, etc. looking to get their hands in the soil for a day! If you are a group of 10 or more, please see our Volunteer Day Program for Corporate Groups and other Groups information above for a better fit.
We ask volunteers to register online and we open registration during the last week of each month for the following month.
2014 Open Saturday Volunteer Days at Arcadia Farm are as follows:
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. All ages are welcome but we ask that parental supervision is given at the age when it is needed.
On regular farm work days, volunteers should:
If you are interested in Farm Work only, this is the opportunity for you. We have Farm Volunteers who will commit to a certain time each week or month to volunteer at Arcadia Farm. You’ll get your hands in the earth and learn sustainable farming practices. Farm work may include: weeding, planting seeds, transplanting, sifting compost, hauling manure and compost, digging, watering and more. Email email@example.com to learn more and express interest.
"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 teacher 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 regionally grown fruits and vegetables, making it more likely they will try these healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home. Farm Education Volunteers are a key part of making this happen.
You will provide instruction and supervision of children, and assist with general garden maintenance. We host groups of up to 60 elementary school students (pre-K through 5th) from Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia schools. We provide training for volunteers who can commit to one Thursday or Friday from 9:00am to 2:30 each week during the Field Trip seasons.
We post this opportunity seasonally during our Field Trip seasons in the Spring (~ March 17-June 15) and the Fall (~ September 15-November 7). Keep an eye out for the position description and application information on the Arcadia Idealist page.
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 Benjamin Bartley at Benjamin@arcadiafood.org with a letter of interest and relevant work experience. For a description of the position and additional instructions, please visit the Arcadia Idealist page.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, engaging Mobile Market Education Volunteer. This educator will assist in our efforts to engage students during Mobile Market School Visits to local schools in Washington D.C. and Virginia. The Mobile Market Education Volunteer will help superve and manage large groups of students; assist with the farm-to-market educational programming, which includes interactive culinary activities, mock farmers' market activities, food systems demonstrations, and plant life demonstrations; and implement systems to gather feedback and evaluate program effectiveness.
The Mobile Market Education Volunteer must be available from 8am-2pm on Tuesdays, May 2014 – mid-June 2014. If available, the commitment could be extended from September 2014 - October 2014 for the fall season of visits. The volunteer must be able to travel to the participating schools in Washington, D.C. or northern Virginia or to the Mobile Market's base of operations in Northeast D.C.
If you would like to volunteer with the Mobile Market School Visits, please email Morgan Maloney at Info@arcadiafood.org with your resume and a letter of interest by March 21, 2014. You can find full information on the position description.
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).