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.
• We welcome individual volunteers or groups of up to 12 people, ages 12 and up
• We ask you to commit to volunteering for two or more hours.
• Please contact the volunteer coordinator to schedule a time to volunteer with us. Call us at 617-236-1012 x227
• Typically, volunteers join us for three-hour shifts, Tuesday – Friday, 9AM – 4PM.
• There are occasional opportunities to volunteer with us on a Saturday or Sunday. As always, we ask that you contact us in advance to schedule your volunteer shift.
• We need the most help from mid-March through mid-November.
• We gladly provide groups of children aged 11 and under with a tour of the farm. Individual children of this age range are also welcome to volunteer with us when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• 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.
To schedule a volunteer date, contact our volunteer coordinator, Tammy Blocker via email at tblocker at vpi.org or by phone at 617-236-1012 x227
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.
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.