Workshare volunteer program #1
Can you commit to one day per week for three months+ or 12 days to develop some real skills?
We work together and provide volunteers with a box of our farm produce usually worth $25-30+. Morning tea and lunch is celebrated. The current days we offer positions are Wednesday, or Friday - typically Wednesday is harvest and Friday planting/seeding/weeding/bike riding deliveries etc. You may occasionally swap days to diversify learning tasks.
Hours are 9:30am - 4:30pm (or 7 hrs).
If you are interested to work and learn with Sim one day a week answer the form at bottom of page.
I think it’s best for me as the farmer, to work with a couple people at a time, so I’ve currently got one intern waiting to start until another person wanting to intern is ready to start.
What's volunteering workshare involve?
There's a lot you can learn over 3 months of weekly involvement so if you're keen to learn how to garden on scale, or start your own urban or larger farm, I think this is a good run through in skill building as I've only just started myself and open to sharing the steps, challenges and successes.
Bring: Hat, outdoor clothing, a jacket for post harvest washing and boots that can get grubby.
I am quite open for sharing and to questions, I'll try my best to assist your interests, however progressed, into gardening/urban farming/market gardening. If you're volunteering with others, they're often a bonus source of information and potential collaboration too. My farm book collection is open for borrowing.
As you volunteer we can cover these topics (and more) to the best of my knowledge.
Bed Preparation & Soil/fertilizer management
Direct Seeding (tools)
Pest management (likely with a local entomologist I barter with)
Harvest - techniques, equipment.
Selling (CSA, Farmer's Market, Wholesale)
Marketing & Social Media
Finance/business and the world of spreadsheets (I'll share open book if this is helpful).
At least 1hr working through your plans if you have any you want to work through.
Resources (supplier lists, online courses, books/channels)
Regenerative, Biodynamic, Organic agriculture. I'm young and quite new but have a little knowledge on these methods and am interested in these topics.
Lunch is up to an 1hr and we usually have fresh baked bread, fresh goats milk and a farm outside for vegetables/eggs and home made condiments. Sometimes we'll cook up something. Lunch is a great time for in-depth questions or just chilling out. Feel free to assist prep making tea, cutting veggies, picking baby spinach and generally setting or cleaning up for lunch.
You're welcome to listen to your own audiobooks/podcasts/music if you want your own space whilst volunteering too.
Activities we might get up to are: Seeding, Greenhouse work, Direct seeding, Transplanting, Harvesting, Washing, Packing, Weeding, Preparing soil-work, Cleaning up the yard, Sharpening tools, discussing strategies/decisions, forward (bring an active brain as I'll ask you questions too) and much more.
Casual volunteering #2
Limited sporadic volunteering is available on specific dates as emailed by Sim.
Start 9am. Lunch after midday. Finishing up by 4:30pm.
Bring outdoor clothes and a bag/box to take home some fresh produce.