What can I do?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Massaro Community Farm. Below is a list of opportunities for getting involved at the farm. There are so many ways to become involved in conserving this historic farm.  We look forward to finding the perfect opportunity for you to join in!  Please fill out the volunteer form here if you’d like to help!

Volunteer recruiter/manager – develop volunteer recruitment materials; distribute letters and fliers to area businesses, schools & organizations; keep current list of volunteers; disseminate opportunities to existing volunteer base and ensure coverage at appropriate activities and events. Individual should feel comfortable using email, and online and common social media tools. Reliable transportation necessary. Involves flexible hours both on and off the farm, ~ several hours/month. Stipend possible.

Development and fundraising – One of the most active groups of farm volunteers is our development team, which plans, oversees and executes events and opportunities that help raise funds for the farm. These folks cultivate business relationships, identify grant opportunities, and brainstorm on events/tools that will support our food donations, the growth of programs, and farm staff. Grant writing experience helpful but not required. Development team meets monthly. Work can be done independently and ranges 2-4 hours/month.

Administrative assistant – provide basic office support, including sorting mail, acknowledging donations, handling phone messages, checking and ordering supplies for office, bathroom and kitchen. Can also include keeping our barn in order by sorting and replenishing education and garden supplies. May involve minor lifting, and generally 1-2 hours/month, primarily during peak season of April- November.

Marketing/graphic design – If you possess an artistic mind and have familiarity with programs like InDesign, Photoshop, video editing or others, the farm would greatly appreciate your assistance in creating flyers and promotional materials for our events and activities. Farm photos can be supplied, or you can take your own! We need 1-2 flyers/month (February – November) and work can be done on your own.

Farm ambassador (outreach events) – Are you a people person? Bring your outgoing personality to the surrounding community to represent and promote the education and events of Massaro Community Farm at community festivals, Earth Day events and more. If you wish, add your creative touch to promotional materials and flyers and help build awareness about the importance of local farms and their impact in our towns and schools. Usually requires several hours at a time, primarily on weekends or evenings. All materials provided. Reliable transportation required.

Garden hands – if you love to play in the dirt, this is the activity for you! The farm maintains a Learning Garden that is the centerpiece of its many educational activities. Assist in planning, planting, weeding, watering & harvesting this space during three seasons at the farm to ensure ongoing production. Beginners and experienced gardeners welcome. All tools provided. Work can be done on your own time schedule, several hours/month.

Environmental education & recreation – If you prefer spending your time outdoors and engaging with students of all ages, we’d love to have your help at one of our many educational activities. These include hosting student field trips, adult workshops, trail walks, and garden activities. Educational background helpful but not necessary. Materials developed and supplied by our program coordinator and outside experts. Regular participation with youth requires background check. Educational events can be during the week or on weekends, and generally run 1 1/2 – 2 hours in length (generally March-October).

Facilities maintenance/support: – As a center of activity for everything from our farm operation to education, our farm grounds and buildings require occasional care and oversight. Skills needed include carpentry, electrical, plumbing, parking lot upkeep, or sometimes just elbow grease for event setup/breakdown. If you are particularly handy or a licensed contractor, architect or designer, we would greatly appreciate the donation of your time and skills intermittently to maintain our farmhouse, barns and other infrastructure.

Event assistant/farm host – Are you the ideal party host? Massaro Community Farm hosts several events each year that serve as both community engagement and fundraising opportunities for us. If you are outgoing and like socializing, you would be great at welcoming farm guests, helping manage supplies, or even giving tours, all to help create an enjoyable experience for farm visitors. Or, use your photography skills to help us document our events and programs. Requires 2-3 hours at a time, mostly on weekends.

Trail maintenance – If you are a naturalist or a birder you will love helping maintain our ~2 miles of nature trails that wind through the 40 or so acres of woods on the farm. Some knowledge of native vs. invasive flora is helpful. Involves walking the trail, raking, weed whacking and occasional rock and branch removal. This activity is only required a few times each season, primarily prior to farm events and summer camp. Can be done on your own time after orientation.

Produce distribution assistants – be present on weekly CSA (our subscription based vegetable production) distributions days – Tuesday and Friday afternoons (June thru October) between 2:30-6:30 – to keep vegetables stocked for customers. Also bag some produce for delivery to New Haven drop-off location and separate produce that will go to our hunger relief partner agencies. This is on-farm responsibility that volunteers are asked to give 2 hours at a time; not required to work both days. Should be comfortable lifting vegetable crates of ~ 20-25lbs. Friendly disposition to greet our produce customers appreciated!

Have an idea of what you want to do but don’t see it here? These are just some examples of the work volunteers do on behalf of CFPA. There are countless ways to get involved. We would love to hear your great idea!