Volunteers

ReVision Urban Farm relies on the support of volunteers to help feed the families residing at ReVision Family Home and to be a vibrant part of the Dorchester community. Most volunteers work on our farm, but there are occasionally other types of volunteer opportunities as well, such as tutoring, nutritional counseling and carpentry.

VOLUNTEERING AT REVISION URBAN FARM
When you volunteer at ReVision Urban Farm, not only will you get your hands dirty, but you’ll also be part of the movement to grow fresh, healthy food in the city. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your volunteer shift, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Nicholas Oviedo-Torres at volunteer@vpi.org or 617.318.3434 ext. 147.

• We welcome individual volunteers or groups of up to 12 people, ages 12 and up. For volunteers ages 12 – 16, we require one adult for every 5 youth volunteers.

• Volunteer shifts are Monday – Friday from 9AM – 12PM or 1PM – 4PM. Though most volunteers join us for either the morning or afternoon, we are also happy to take volunteers for the full day.

• We gladly provide groups of children aged 11 and under with a tour of the farm.

• In case of heavy rain or thunderstorms we may need to reschedule your volunteer visit. Please plan to be in touch with us in case of inclement weather.

While we appreciate all inquiries, we receive many requests to volunteer with us. We will do our best to schedule you or your group, but cannot guarantee everyone a volunteer placement.

YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Volunteer tasks on our farm vary with the season. In the early spring, we work in the greenhouse, spread compost and prepare our fields for growing. In the late spring, we transplant seedlings into our fields and continue working in the greenhouse. During summer and fall, we harvest our produce and prepare growing beds for succession crops. Throughout the growing season we rely on volunteers to keep back the weeds and maintain trash-free gardens. We also often need assistance with produce distribution for shelter residents, our neighborhood farm stand and our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Finally, the late fall is a time for cleaning up the fields, spreading compost, planting cover crop and other tasks to get ready for the winter freeze.

COME PREPARED
Volunteering at a farm is hot in the summer, cold in the spring and fall and always dirty – come prepared and dressed appropriately for farming.

Please consider the following guidelines
• Wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty.
• Wear closed-toe shoes.
• If it is cold or raining, bring a jacket or dress in layers.
• Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat.