Volunteering

Without volunteers we wouldn’t survive so if you feel like helping out we are always very happy to see you!

It’s not all about growing either.  At Farnham Local Food there are many areas that need your help and not all of them require getting your hands dirty.  We’ll be happy to talk to anyone who is prepared to give a few hours of their time regularly or as a one off.  Please click here to get in touch.


Growing

Help to grow food at Farnham Local Food. Come for as much or as little time as you want. We’d love to see you. Tasks include preparing land, sowing seed, planting, weeding (but only if you’ve been really naughty) watering and harvesting. You don’t need experience or knowledge. Just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. We’ll supply the rest.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am – 5pm during British Summer Time and 10am – 4pm through the darker winter months.

Construction

Help to construct sheds, raised beds, poly-tunnels, fences and much, much more.  Please see our project list for more details of what needs doing.

Every Friday evening between 6pm – 8pm only during British Summer Time
Saturday work parties, according to need, from 10am – 4pm during British Summer Time and 10am – 3pm in the darker winter months.

 

Fund-raising

Farnham Local Food is always growing! So, we need a special someone to help us raise the money to make all our exciting plans come true.  If you have the skills to do just that do get in touch.  We’d need you to generate fun ideas, liaise with our grant applications coordinator and help to coordinate fund raising and publicity events.  From time to time we’d ask you to attend Steering Group meetings as well so that we can all get to know you. If you have fund raising experience it would be good but it’s not essential but good communication skills would be an asset. You’ll also need ready access to the internet, e-mail and telephone.

Harvesting

Without arrangement we are happy to see you any (or every) Saturday on collection days to help with the harvest.  This is probably the most rewarding part of volunteering as you get to reap the rewards of the harvest.  There’s nothing better than picking off the broad beans, finding those hidden green beans, chopping off the corn on the cobs, picking the reddest tomatoes, forking up a multitude of potatoes or pulling up the carrots.  This is a great thing for kids to do, they can really understand where vegetables come from when they can pick them themselves.   There’s nothing better and defintely not fresher than picking your own produce in the morning and cooking it up a few hours later for dinner!

Turn up at 10.00 on Saturdays at Runfold and enjoy the experience of harvesting!

Committed Volunteers

Growers Trainee: Our grower, Susie, would love a second in command.  If you would like to learn all the skills of growing vegetables under the supervision of an experienced and friendly grower while assisting in the running of our two sites at Dippenhall and Runfold, this is the one for you.  We are looking for a committed person who would be willing to get involved in planning the crops, deciding on the best way to cultivate them and asking lots of questions. We’d want you to offer your new found skills and expertise back to FLF as the organisation goes on growing.  You’d be able to offer upwards of six hours a week and would be reliable, willing to learn and committed.  You’ll also need a car to be able to get to both sites.

Regular Volunteers: If you’re ready for a regular committment, would relish the the chance to work alongside a friendly bunch of people growing vegetables and fruit, and like the idea of a discount on your weekly vegetable share, then join us as a weekly volunteer.  Weekly volunteers commit to help out each week.  They show up whatever the weather and do whatever gardening jobs need doing – hoeing, planting, seeding, rotavating – all under the direction of our lovely grower, Susie.  Weekly volunteers learn a lot about growing vegetables and get to know each other really well.  You don’t need experience or expertise, just a willingness to learn and an acceptance of the British weather! Some weekly volunteers commit to three hours and others to six.  The vegetable discount depends on the number of hours. Please note that there is now a short waiting list for committed volunteers who require discounted produce, please contact us if you would like to be added to the list

This document, last updated in October 2011, contains the latest Guidelines for Gardening Members. It helps to keep us productive, safe, legal and focussed!

Children’s Co-ordinator

Are you great with children? Come and volunteer as our children’s coordinator.  We’d love you to dream up events, activities and ideas to entertain children on site, and then make them happen. You would liaise with our grower, Susie, on the children’s garden, be in touch with local schools to organise school visits and keep in touch with the volunteer co-ordinator too.

 


Event organiser

We’ve the venue, refreshment facilities, participants, but we need someone to bring it all together and actively organise events that our members can attend.  Maybe this type of task is something you’ve always wanted to do or you are an experienced organiser with a few hours to spare from time to time.  You can make this position your own!

Event helpers

Come along on the day of our event and help out.  Show prospective new members around the sites, help make the tea, set out tables, as little or as much as you want to help out.  We’ll be happy to see you.

Sales and Marketing

Not everyone in Farnham knows about who we are and what we do.  Our Sales and Marketing team is always looking for volunteers to help out.   This could be designing PR material, manning stalls at local fares and fetes, knocking on doors in the vicinity of our sites, leaflet co-ordination and dropping, devising material and helping out at promotional talks we are often asked to give.

Donating

Do you have things we might find useful? A list of things we are looking for can be found on the Donating page. Whatever you have, do let us know.

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