At The Community Farm, we welcome people onto our acres to explore the great outdoors, and experience the benefits of being immersed in nature. We do this in a variety of ways; through the many activities and events we hold here, our work with schools, and the special links we’ve fostered with partner organisations. We also offer volunteering opportunities, during weekdays (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and on Saturdays, through our Community Farmer Days.Without the dedication and hard work of volunteers, The Farm could not function. They help us sow, grow and harvest our crops, while learning skills in organic farming. And this year, more people than ever enjoyed hours of fresh air and friendship with us. This makes us very proud.
So why do people keep coming? Julia Dance explains what she gets out of volunteering here, at our special spot overlooking Chew Valley Lake.
“I’ve been volunteering at The Farm for about 18 months. I wanted to spend time outside, away from my normal desk job, and learn more about growing food. I get so much out of the days here. I find working outdoors with the earth and plants very therapeutic, it always puts me in a good mood, and it’s lovely to spend time in the beautiful Chew Valley.
I’ve met some brilliant people and we have a lot of laughs; the sense of achievement in planting 6000 spring onions together as a team is very satisfying! I like that there’s always lots to do and that you know the work you are doing is important and is making a difference.
I’ve learnt tons about organic growing from the field team, who have always taken the time to share not only their knowledge, but their passion, which has ignited my interest in things like trees and wildflowers, as much as in vegetables.
I’d say the best thing about volunteering is everyone is made to feel like an important, equal part of it. Everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and appreciated. The Farm brings together people with a shared purpose in a welcoming, supportive environment. It feels like everybody wants to be there and they want you to be there. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”