There are many ways for you to share your time and talents with your local, community farm. We are always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, skills, and interests. We also strive to accommodate different levels of available time commitments, from an occasional hour or two to an on-going leadership role. NCF depends on our volunteers to successfully deliver our programs. Read more about our teams and committees and consider volunteering for one of our current vacancies (see below).
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and note your name, interest, and information about yourself relevant to the work you are interested in doing. Our Volunteer Committee Chairperson will follow up with you in a timely way.
VOLUNTEER ON OUR FIELD CREW!
Click Field Crew opportunities for more information.
OTHER CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Current Board Vacancies: Events, Fundraising, Buildings (can be off-board as well)
Board support (off-board position): Personnel Advisor
Fundraising: Capital Campaign volunteers, mailing help, grant-writing
Education: Class instructors
Events and Volunteer Outreach: volunteers for upcoming events (May Seedling Sale, July Dinner on Farm, Sept Fall Festival), event organizers for upcoming events
Communications: Video Producer (produces short video articles), Graphic Designer (help design materials), Media Calendar Liaison (update event info on-line), Blog Liaison (send announcements to blogs), Newsletter Writer (writes short articles for newsletter).
Finance: Finance Committee Members
Buildings: project oversight assistance for other projects (i.e. house maintenance projects)
Newton Community Farm is a small, working farm. While we welcome group visits from various kinds of organizations, these visits require staff time to coordinate, organize and run. To cover the cost of the visit and ensure a high quality experience, we offer a fee-based educational program for groups wishing to come to the farm. If your group is interested in visiting Newton Community Farm, please contact our Education Coordinator at email@example.com for more information.
Serve in a key leadership role for the Farm and join our Board of Trustees! Each board member serves for three years, oversees a portfolio, prepares for and attends monthly meetings, and participates in NCF’s major events. We are looking for individuals with background/experience and leadership skills in communications/media/marketing, education, events, finance, fundraising, legal, human resources, education, community and volunteer organizing, buildings, kitchen management, and agricultural operations.
There are also non-board roles for volunteers with personnel, database, and building expertise to advise the Board and work on special projects.
BUILDINGS (can be an off-board position)
Use your knowledge and expertise in building and facilities management, construction, engineering, architecture and/or project management to help NCF’s Building Committee oversee NCF’s physical assets. Take on a leadership role for an on-going project or serve on an as-needed basis for special projects.
This team has an array of positions including the following: Newsletter Editor, Assistant Newsletter Editor, Newsletter Writer, Webmaster, Photographer, Video Producer, Graphic Designer, Media Calendar Liaison, Blog Liaison. There are also opportunities to work on special projects such as the periodic review of the website. Except for the newsletter editor and webmaster roles, all the jobs can be scaled to fit a volunteer’s available time (i.e one-time contribution, few hours/month during farm season, on-going role).
Serve on the Education Committee to help plan and organize NCF’s adult and youth education programs. Also consider volunteering as a teacher or assistant for an organic gardening class or a Farm Sprouts session. Most classes involve hands-on learning on the Farm. Our Farm Educator will match you to an existing class or work with you to plan a class which highlights your particular area of expertise or interest. Training is available if needed.
EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER OUTREACH
Serve in a leadership role as an Event Organizer (or co-organizer) for one or more of NCF’s events including our annual Seedling Sale, Fall Festival, dinner at Lumiere, and Dinner on the Farm. Or volunteer to organize an activity at the Fall Festival or helpers at the spring Seedling Sale. For a time-limited commitment, volunteer a few hours to help at an upcoming event or with volunteer appreciation.
Assists Farm Manager with review, evaluation, publicity, and implementation of key farm operations programs including community-supported agriculture, apple orchard, high school interns, field crew volunteers, produce donations, and produce sales. Also assists with other issues affecting the farm’s operations such as equipment replacement, season extension grants and opportunities, soil health, and sustainability.
NCF’s Finance Committee assists the Treasurer with the oversight and management of the farm’s finances in the following areas: cash and payroll reconciliation, budget development and monitoring, annual tax reporting, vendor payments and filing, asset and depreciation tracking, capital planning, Paypal reconciliation and reporting, account transfers, investment management, financial forecasting, business plan preparation, and special financial projects. The role requires preparation and attendance at eight to ten meetings per year plus other specific tasks as determined by each individual and the Treasurer.
Share your fundraising experience by serving on the strategy committee or leading an event. Or, periodically volunteer for a few hours to help with mailings, thank you notes, donor appreciation, donor letters, donor outreach, and grant-writing.
Oversee the use of the Farm’s kitchen in our refurbished barn, which is used as community space. This position requires a current ServSafe Manager certification to oversee kitchen use polices, practices, and compliance.
Research and advise NCF’s Board on the legal aspects of the Farm’s operations and programs to ensure compliance with legal requirements and to support informed decision-making.