Volunteer

JS-119Real Food Farm extends an open invitation to all volunteers to come help at our farm sites. Any day’s project may include planting, weeding, invasive species removal, hoophouse construction, compost spreading, bed preparation, fruit tree planting, and lots more. Be sure to bring a water bottle, close-toed shoes, and work clothes. No need to RSVP for groups of five or fewer, but feel free to contact volunteer@civicworks.com with any questions or to confirm the day’s schedule. If you’d like to bring a group of five or more, please read on for details about how to arrange a group visit. Please check our calendar to confirm the volunteer day schedule and visit our directions page for farm locations.

*If you are specifically interested in volunteering at either our Perlman Place or Aisquith Street site, please contact Tyler (tbrown@civicworks.com) to discuss our availability.*

Wednesdays & Fridays

9am-12pm @ Clifton Park farm site (2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 21213)

1st and 3rd Saturdays (March – November)

9am-12pm @ Clifton Park farm site (2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 21213)

1st Saturdays (December – February)

12pm-3pm @ Clifton Park farm site (2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 21213)

 Sundays

Our regular Saturday volunteer days may be inaccessible to the Jewish Community of Baltimore and other religiously affiliated groups. If you are interested in scheduling volunteer hours for a group on Sunday, please email volunteer@civicworks.com and we will happily work out a time that works for everyone.

Tips for volunteers:

  • Please bring a water bottle, wear close-toed shoes, and come dressed to work.
  • We work rain or shine, except during severe weather such as lightning or heat advisories, in which case we will relocate into indoor spaces when possible until the conditions are safe.
  • Families are welcome as long as parents are able to monitor their children while they work.   Students under 15 completing required service learning hours are welcome to attend with a parent.  All youth under 18 need a parent signature on a waiver before volunteering.
  • Volunteers will meet under the pavilion to get prepped for projects.
  • Individuals do not need to sign up – just show up!

Group guidelines

 

volunteers at PerlmanReal Food Farm is happy to arrange special volunteer events for groups. We have hosted churches, offices, universities, and community organizations to complete a wide array of projects.

If you would like to schedule a weekday volunteer event for your group, get in touch with us by completing our Volunteer Group Application at least 10 days in advance of the requested date.  Saturdays can fill up quickly, so it’s best to plan in advance!  For groups of five or more, we ask for a donation of $25 to cover materials and staff time for both weekday and Saturday events.

Special group projects

We can accommodate special requests for specific projects or activities and larger groups that have a budget to allot towards a project- just contact us with your idea by submitting a Volunteer Group Application.

Service learning opportunities

Real Food Farm hosts many groups for service learning visits. This is for groups that are too large for our open volunteer or are looking for a more educational experience. Service learning projects are 3 hours long and include an orientation and tour of the farm. Please read more about Service Learning Opportunities here. 

Volunteers with Technical Expertise

We have strong partnerships with many local professionals, graduate students, and other talented individuals, including carpenters, environmental engineers, landscape architects, educators, graphic designers, artists, and more. If you have particular skills or expertise that you would like to offer Real Food Farm, please contact us at volunteer@civicworks.com to explore the possibilities.

Volunteer Education Docents

Are you interested in supporting youth as they explore the food system?  We’d love your help!  Education Docents help with Real Food Farm’s two-hour field trips, engaging pre-schoolers to college students in tours of the farm.  Field trips are generally scheduled for mornings (9-11 am) or afternoons (1-3 pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, although this can vary depending on the group’s availability.  As a docent, you’ll receive training on all tour stops around the farm and be added to an outreach list of people willing to commit to helping with upcoming field trips; docents are asked to assist with at least one field trip per month.  Note that all adults working with youth at Real Food Farm must undergo background checks. Please contact rffeducation@civicworks.com for more details.

Download Waivers

Particularly if you are bringing a group of volunteers, please download and print out one waiver per person ahead of time.

Civic Works Volunteer Liability Waiver

Civic Works Spanish Waiver

Directions

All volunteer days meet directly on the farm at the pavilion. For directions to the farm, click here. Once at the farm, the map on the entrance kiosk will show you the location of the pavilion.

Volunteer Safety

Urban soils can contain pollutants related to the land’s former use. We are continually testing for soil contamination and will keep volunteers safe by encouraging cultural practices that limit soil ingestion. We provide hand-washing stations through the farm and supply all volunteers with a pair of gloves while on the farm. Feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.