Become Part the Project GROWS Community
Join us in getting your hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of your labor! A beautiful day of working outdoors on our 10-acre non-profit community farm is an educational and exciting team building opportunity or a way to unwind and reconnect. Volunteers and visitors will work on various farm projects while learning about sustainable agriculture and organic farming concepts.
Everyone, young or old, experienced or still learning, is welcome to volunteer or visit the farm. You don’t need to have any previous gardening experience, we will show you what to do.
Volunteer Work Parties
Come party in the dirt with the Project GROWS team! Boogie down alongside your friendly neighborhood tomato to music and have plain ol’ fun! The Project GROWS work parties are about getting things done on the farm site, but they are also about building community – so please come just to hang out, sit at a table and do homework, participate in the potluck, or to stop in and say hello! (Actually, stop in and say hello whenever you see us out in the field).
WHEN: Every Thursday afternoon, 2 PM – 8 PM starting MAY 1, through October. Come when you want, stay as long as you want.
SIGN-UP: No need to sign up ahead of time, just drop-in.*
POTLUCK DINNER: 6:30 PM To cap off each work party, stay and unwind at the potluck dinner and get to know the Project GROWS community. Eat whether you brought food or not, but feel free to bring something to share. What to bring? You can bring something as simple as a few pieces of fruit or chips and salsa, or get as ambitious as you like with a home cooked main or side dish – bring instruments to jam, camp chairs to lounge, or just an empty belly.
*ORIENTATION: All farm visitors complete an orientation during their first volunteer experience on the farm. Orientations will be held at 3:30 and 5:30 PM Thursday afternoons, every Thursday. You only have to complete orientation once to volunteer for the year.
Ask the Master Gardener
Select Thursday nights are also “Ask the Master Gardener” nights. During these Thursday Work Parties, a Master Gardener or two from the Central Shenandoah Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions from the community members about gardening. Feel free to stop at the Farm and use their expertise! Check our facebook page for announcements when a Master Gardener will be present.
It is preferred that groups of 8 or more volunteer or tour the Farm by appointment. When you come to one of our volunteer workdays as part of a group, we want you to have a great Project GROWS experience. For this reason, we ask that your group arrive promptly at the beginning of their volunteer time or tour day, follow the “What to Bring” instructions, and that your group stay to help with the work we will be doing that day. At the very beginning of your time with Project GROWS, we will provide your group an orientation tour to the Farm and to the work that will be done that day. Saturdays are available by appointment only.
Please contact Sam, sam[at]projectgrows[dot]org or call the Project GROWS number (540) 480-0371. If you reach the Project GROWS voicemail make sure to leave in the message whom you are trying to contact.
Be sure to know the following:
RAIN POLICY: Look out your window! If it’s raining, there will be no work party. We will do our best to update our Facebook page with any cancellations.
DON’T FORGET TO BRING:
- Water Bottle
- Sturdy Shoes
- Jacket with layered clothing underneath
♥ always walk when in the garden
♥ stay on paths
♥ always ask before using a tool or handling any crop or animal
♥ respect each other, the plants, and animals at the farm
Volunteer 15 hours or 5 Thursdays in a row and get a Project GROWS t-shirt
Volunteer 100+ HRS get Market Credit to Project GROWS Farmers Market
Get in touch
Contact us at (540) 480-0371 if you’d like more information.
We need your help! You may have years of experience growing produce, cooking healthy meals, or working on a farm. Maybe you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support our programming. Either way, we encourage you to get involved. For more information, please contact jenna[at]projectgrows[dot]org or click below to donate