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Volunteer

Volunteers play a critical role in fulfilling the Food Literacy Project’s mission. Volunteering  is a fun and rewarding experience, and a wide range of volunteer opportunities are available.

 

Farm Visit Volunteers: We need volunteers to support and help lead educational activities with students on the farm. These can include:

  • Farm Educator: Support and help lead educational programs with students on the farm. Activities include planting seeds, exploring worm compost, preparing freshly harvested food, playing educational games, and leading tasting tours of the farm. (High Involvement, working directly with students.)
  • Dish Washer/Washing Station Attendant: Before, between, and after each farm visit group’s cooking activities, wash dishes, silverware, measuring plates, cooking utensils, etc. Empty food scraps into compost bin and take bin to compost pile. (High Involvement, background check performed.)
  • Cob Oven Cook: Start fire in the cob oven with enough time for it to heat up before cooking begins. As groups rotate to and from the cooking station, place baked goods in oven and remove them when fully cooked. (High Involvement, background check performed.)
  • Garden Maintenance SpecialistHelp prepare beds, plant, mulch, weed, and water. You may also help with landscaping and maintenance. (Low Involvement, no background check required.)

Field-to-Fork Club Leader: Through leading after-school activities, you can help connect youth with fresh food and their own power to make healthy eating a part of their family and community. You would lead an after-school Field-to-Fork Club at a local elementary school. This involves planning and carrying out garden-related and cooking activities with participants. (High Involvement, background check performed.)

Community Outreach Volunteers:

  • Truck Farm Leader: Assist with outreach events around town. Talk with people who stop or pass by Truck Farm. At some events, lead garden activities for kids who stop by. (High Involvement, background check performed.)
  • Canvass Team Member: Knock on doors near Iroquois Urban Farm, hand out canvass cards, and invite neighbors to join us in who we are and what we do. (Level of involvement can vary, no background check required.)
  • Farmer’s Market Team Member: Assist with purchases at the market. Talk with market shoppers about the Food Literacy Project and get to know them. (High Involvement, background check performed.)
  • Second Saturday Assistant/Iroquois Urban Farm Volunteer: Help us keep Iroquois Farm beautiful and healthy for visitors to enjoy! Assist with projects such as trash cleanups at our second Saturday Farm-ily Days. (Low Involvement, no background check required.)
  • Open Farm Hours VolunteerMeet with YCAP leaders, help with farm tasks, weeding, general clean-up. Open farm hours are every Thursday from 3-6 PM at Iroquois Urban Farm. (Low Involvement, no background check required.)

Special Project Volunteer: We need volunteers with special skills that can be put to use to further our mission and enhance our work. Projects will be determined on an individual, as needed basis. These can include:

  • Translation Assistant: Help make our materials and media accessible to more people, especially those whose native language is not English. (Low Involvement, no background check required.)
  • Education Specialist: Help us create a resource guide for educators to use when planning their experiences with the Food Literacy Project, as well as in planning gardening and cooking activities at their own schools. (Low Involvement, no background check required.)
  • Creative Media Volunteer: Put your photography and video skills to use helping us document our education programs and special events. (Low Involvement, no background check required.)

Time commitment is flexible and will be determined by the project.

Click here to download our Volunteer Application.

Questions? Email our volunteer coordinator, Nicole Funk at nicole@foodliteracyproject.org, or call our offices at (502) 491-0072. Click here to view our volunteer manual.