Get Involved at Your Town Farm
It takes a village to create a thriving Town Farm and educational center. To bring residents together with a shared purpose, we have created an array of fun events and, throughout the year, we also partner with other local organizations in town who share many of our goals and values. Scroll down for information on ways you can get involved!
Volunteers are the beating heart of the farm, and perform essential functions—they serve on the farm committee, feed the animals, water the gardens, organize fundraisers, provide grant writing and public relations support, help create engaging progamming, and so much more. Volunteers also assist in maintaining and harvesting at the gardens and running our summer farm stand.
We are actively seeking volunteers to help pitch in to projects, great and small. Like to garden? Let us know. Love animals? Want to help out at one of our many events? We'd love to have you. Do you have a special talent or interest that you'd like to share with the farm? Would you like to learn more about becoming a board member? We have a ton of volunteer opportunities to suit your skills, interests and time constraints. Email our volunteer coordinator Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about yourself and some of your special interests and how you may like to get involved. One of our board members will contact you to chat about opportunities.
Volunteer Open Hours
We'd love to see you in our gardens. Stop by during our Volunteer Open Hours and we'll show you what to water, weed and pick! Don't worry if you don't have experience, our garden experts will guide you. Drop in for as little or as long as you like.
Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear closed toed shoes, bring water and plenty of sunscreen.
Summer Volunteer Hours (beginning June 21st):
Tuesdays & Fridays 7:00am 10:00am
Please Note: For reasons of hygiene, access to/through our kitchen/classroom area is off limits to farm volunteers (restrooms may be accessed at any time thru the back porch side door). Be sure to bring your own water container.
Also, because our weekday summer volunteer hours take place when camp is in session, please proceed past the camper/counselor areas and head for the gardens, where Alice and/or Kelsey will direct you in the day’s tasks.
Wakeman Town Farm loves the enthusiasm and energy of teenagers. We frequently work with local school, civic groups, companies, youth groups, SLOBs, Scouts, B3, individuals, and various clubs to encourage volunteerism and community building. Students can volunteer at the farm to meet their community service requirements. Volunteers truly make a difference in the community while getting valuable experience to include on job resumes and college applications.
Offsite, we are also actively involved with synergistic organizations in and around Westport. For example, we’ve participated at Fairfield’s Earthday/Food for Thought event, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT) conferences, Greenwich Sustainable Food & Farm Expo, and Stamford Museum’s Chili Cookoff. We’ve also participated in Westport’s Minimaker Faire, Minds in Motion, jUNe Day, and Earthplace’s Harvest Festival/Bonfire Bash, to name a few. We have forged relationships with the Westport Farmers' Market, the Westport Public Library, The Westport Cinema Initiative, and The Westport Woman's Club. We are proud to be able to meet and work with such wonderful people!