City Farmers

Common Good’s City Farmers program is an opportunity to take your involvement with our farm to the next level. As a City Farmer, you will have the opportunity to participate in multiple aspects of running an urban farm, including hands-on farm tasks, youth education programs, our farm market, community events and more.

We ask each volunteer to commit to coming weekly for 12 weeks and start new sessions about every 6 weeks. Many City Farmers choose to extend their volunteering and experience multiple parts of the farm season. If you’re interested in a one time volunteer opportunity, check out our general volunteer information.

City Farmer Volunteers who make less than a DC Living Wage are eligible to earn produce vouchers in exchange for their volunteer time ($5 voucher per hour worked). To sign up for this option, just select it during registration and we’ll work with you to track your hours. Volunteer credit can be redeemed at our farm market and can be used only on Common Good City Farm items.

Although tasks will change seasonally, see the list below to get an idea of what each session will involve. Different time slots will have different responsibilities so you can choose what works best for your interest and your schedule. Register here. If you don’t see what you are looking for, keep in mind that new sessions are added throughout the season.

Requirements

Our City Farmers program is for volunteers 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver.
All levels of experience are welcome!

We ask that you:

  • Be committed to volunteering weekly for the length of the session you register for.

  • Are open to learning and participating in a variety of tasks

  • Show up with a friendly, positive attitude

  • Read the session descriptions and only sign up if you are open to all activities listed

  • Attend the orientation for your session

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City Farmer Sessions 

See below for descriptions of the different sessions and visit our registration page to see what dates and sessions are currently available. Orientations have ended for our 2019 season but please check back in the early spring. Our 2020 volunteer sessions will begin in March.

Farm Work Sessions

Saturday 9 am-12 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Sunday 3-6 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Tuesday 5-8 pm: Assist the farm manager with seasonal tasks, including prepping beds, planting, weeding and harvest.

Wednesday 9 am-12 pm: Harvest Day! Assist with our weekly harvest and any other tasks needed on the farm.

Market Sessions 

Wednesday 12-3 pm: Volunteers will assist with preparations for the market: harvest and wash produce (if necessary), package produce, bring produce and equipment over to market, and set up market. If all market tasks are complete, this session will also involve farm work, so make sure you are dressed to get dirty!

Wednesday 2:30-5:30 pm: Assist at our weekly market with check out and assist with distributing vouchers for the Produce Plus program (a program which allows eligible residents to receive $10 per week per market to purchase fruits and vegetables). We ask volunteers to attend a separate Produce Plus training in order to be able to help with this program.

Wednesday 4:30-7:30 pm: Assist at our weekly market with check out and assist with distributing vouchers for the Produce Plus program (a program which allows eligible residents to receive $10 per week per market to purchase fruits and vegetables). We ask volunteers to attend a separate Produce Plus training in order to be able to help with this program.

Friday 9 am-12 pm: Assist with various farming tasks and help harvest for, set up and run a farm stand at the senior apartment building close to the farm.

Youth Education Sessions 

Please note- sessions that involve working with youth require completion of a background check. (Common Good will split or cover the cost of the background check as needed).

Monday 9:30-11 am: Assist with the Little Farmers toddler program (reading stories and exploring the farm with toddlers and their guardians).

Wednesday 4-6 pm: Assist with our  LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them).

Sunday 4-6 pm: Assist with our  LEAF youth program (teaching kids about food, farming, nutrition and preparing a snack with them)