Volunteer

Join us! This is a community effort. Volunteers make everything possible – come share your passion, your vision, your expertise, and your energy.

Everyone has something to offer. Whether you want to work on the farm, offer a service/skill, join a committee or a “hive,” or all of the above, we’d love to hear from you! Scroll down to read some options, or let us know how you’d like to get involved here.

*Please note: 2021 farm volunteers, out of an abundance of caution during this pandemic, we are limiting farm volunteers for spring time activities. Our hope is to continue to fundraise and build our Hives (committees), which meet remotely. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more info and join our mailing list for updates regarding farm volunteering. Updated: March 2, 2021

WORK ON THE FARM

All are welcome to come join the fun on the farm and grow food together for our community from April to November. On any day activities might include: attention to soil health, seeding, watering, transplanting, weeding, thinning, mulching and harvesting.

  • Sign up to volunteer here
  • How to prepare for a day on the farm: Wear appropriate farming attire including close-toed shoes, gloves, hat, and apply sunblock.   Bring a full Water Bottle! Remember you are going to get dirty.
  • Tools: You can bring your own tools if you have them. Please mark them, to identify them as your own. Helpful tools to bring include: gloves, pitch fork, shovel, trowel, weeder, and pruning shears.
  • Newhall Fields Community Farm Location: 189R Lynn Street, Peabody, MA 01960. Behind Tillie’s Farm Stand – Walk down the path to the left of the large greenhouse.
  • Parking: Street parking available along Lynn Street on either side of Farm Stand, please do not park in front of Tillie’s Farm Stand or in the parking lot as those spaces are reserved for Tillie’s Farm Stand customers only. No unauthorized vehicles are permitted in the fields.
  • Public Transportation:  MBTA Bus route #435 (Liberty Tree Mall to Central Square Lynn) stops at Lynn Street and Fairview Avenue one block from Tillie’s Farm.
  • Weather cancellations: We work rain or shine. It is your decision to volunteer in the fields or not. If you decide it is too wet, too cold, too hot, etc, then that is your choice. In the event that we cancel a work day, you will be notified via email that morning. For questions about cancellations, please email grow@newhallfieldscommunityfarm.org

*Instruction will be provided on what to do on any particular session.  A unique educational component will be always be part of this community farming activity.  Any minor volunteers must be in High School or accompanied by an adult.

JOIN A ‘HIVE”

Community Outreach, Event & Marketing Hive

Marketing, outreach and event planning takes a village! Help us better engage our community; assist with spreading awareness via social media, participate in marketing campaigns, design graphics, brainstorm, plan, and promote events & initiatives with our farm family – the possibilities are endless.

Farming Hive

Great ideas came out of our farming discussions, from the planting of bok choy and cucumber shaped watermelon, to providing local restaurants with a list of available produce, or creating bi-lingual signage for the plants. Even foraging for nutritious weeds! If you would like to be involved in this hive, let us know.

Fundraising Hive

Help us raise funds for Newhall Fields Community Farm! Calling all grant writers, seasoned fundraisers, strategic planners, community connectors, and the like. We need your help – let us know how you would like to add to this honey makin’ hive.

Education Hive

Help plan and teach curriculum to elementary age children.  Come up with creative and inspiring ways to engage our community in their neighborhood and on the farm. Our focus is school field trips, designing curriculum, teaching programs, creating a safe learning environment, reaching new participants and so on.

OFFER YOUR SERVICES

We love when people come to us. So many great things have happened from amazing souls who saw a need or have a passion for something and offered help to our organization. Whether you’re an accountant or a basket weaver, there’s a place for you in our farm family.

Have an idea to collaborate on?

“From attending the very first meeting with a large diverse group of citizens to watching the growth and the development of Newhall Fields Community Farm has been an amazing journey. The talent and passion from all who volunteer to tend this land and help in the process of growing food for our community is so rewarding.  Teaching others this knowledge though our local schools and hands on experience will continue the legacy of the original family who farmed this land.”

Cheryl Holbert Millard  – NFCF volunteer, photographer, and Peabody Garden Club member