Community Farmer Days

We hold one-day volunteer events at the Farm called Community Farmer Days. These involve volunteers coming to help out in the fields.

Volunteers actively participate in the work of the farm, but these events are intended to be sociable and fun too.


The Community Farm is in a beautiful setting, overlooking Chew Valley Lake. Adults and (supervised) children are welcome. Normally we start at 10am and finish by 4pm.

Everyone who helps out at a Community Farmer Day, including some of the staff, are volunteers on the day, so we encourage people to offer as much support as possible to make the day a success. If you are willing and able to prepare lunch, meet and greet other volunteers, take photographs or write up the day for our website, please email communityfarmer@thecommunityfarm.co.uk.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you’d like to read a little more about what goes on at a Community Farmer Day, read this blog by one of our volunteers.

When are the Community Farmer Days?

Our Community Farmer Days are held on Saturdays throughout the growing season.

Community Farmer Day dates in 2017

22 April – 13 May – 27 May – 3 June – 17 June – 8 July

22 July – 19 August – 9 September – 23 September

7 October - 21 October – 11 November 

Click here to find out more and book a place

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to volunteer on a weekday, please click on the link to read about Regular Weekday Volunteering.

Can anyone volunteer?

Adults and children of all ages are welcome to take part in our Community Farmer Days. Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times.

The Community Farm aims to make its services accessible to as wide a range of the public as possible. We are committed to ensuring that every volunteer is treated fairly regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, political belief, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Read our Equal Opportunities Policy.

Can I just turn up?

We’re afraid not. It’s important not to just turn up at the farm. The farm staff will need to prepare for your visit to be sure you are well looked after and so that they can put your support to best use. Sometimes we provide lunch for volunteers and therefore need to know in advance how many people to cater for.

How to book

Select the date you want to attend (above) and click on it to go through to our booking form.

Once we’ve received your booking we will ask you to provide some information in relation to health and safety before your booking is confirmed. We only collect this detailed information the first time, so if you’ve attended a Community Farmer Day before, we’ll simply ask you to check the information we have for you is correct.

You can click here to provide health and safety information. A form should be completed for each adult volunteering at the Farm. If children are attending with you, please include any information relevant to them within your form. But don’t forget to fill in a booking form for the Community Farmer Day too!

Cancellations

Volunteers help us with much-needed work at the Farm, so please do try to make sure that if you book into a Community Farmer Day that you do come along on the day. If for any reason you do need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible by emailing communityfarmer@thecommunityfarm.co.uk. This means we can make necessary changes based on how many people will be attending and avoid any food waste.

Travelling to the Farm

We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and therefore encourage volunteers to travel to the farm in the most sustainable way possible.

There will be two free pick ups in Bristol. The Minibus will be on Anchor Rd opposite the Marriots Hotel leaving at 9.15, then on the exit ramp at Temple Meads station, leaving at 9.30. Leaving the farm at 4pm returning to both pick up points.

If you are unable to travel using the minibus we strongly encourage you to car share or travel by bicycle if possible. Public transport to the farm is very limited.

Click here for directions to the farm

If you’re coming by car, there is parking through the gate nearest the lake (on Denny Lane, the last turning on the left if coming from Chew Magna). There are some bicycle parking stands at the farm too, close to the toolshed.

When you arrive please go to the tool shed by the small poly tunnel. You can find it by following the path from the parking area, parallel to Denny Lane.

Free travel by minibus!

This year we are delighted to be able to offer free travel between Bristol and The Community Farm by minibus for up to 16 volunteers. The minibus will depart from Anchor Road, opposite the Marriott Hotel in Bristol, at 9.15; then the right-hand ramp at Temple Meads station at 9.30am. Dropping off at the same locations in the afternoon.

You’ll need to book a seat when you book for the Community Farmer Day.

What to bring

Please bring a bottle of drinking water; there is a tap where you can refill it.

You will need to be suitably dressed. Come prepared whatever the weather and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If it’s raining, obviously wet weather clothing will be needed. If it’s sunny please use sunblock and wear a hat. If you have steel toe-cap boots we recommend you wear them, otherwise wear strong footwear such as walking boots. If it’s very muddy wellies might be more appropriate. Wear gardening gloves to protect your hands.

We will provide any tools required. However, a pair of secateurs and a trowel can come in handy.

Lunch and refreshments

We provide soup and bread for lunch for which we ask for voluntary donations.

You may wish to bring a flask with a hot drink.

If you wish, we welcome you to bring home-made cakes or biscuits to share with your fellow Community Farmers at break times.

 

Facilities

Facilities on the farm are very basic. There is a small sheltered area and a simple picnic area for break times. We have a Portaloo and access to cold running water. We have tea- and coffee-making facilities, although you may find it easier to bring a flask.

Volunteering for all

Please note: volunteering opportunities for less able people and the disabled are limited at the moment as the Farm’s fields are not very accessible and the facilities are basic. We will be working on this to ensure opportunities for all in the future. If you have a disability and would like to volunteer please contact us for more details email communityfarmer@thecommunityfarm.co.uk

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