Volunteer

The farm operations at the Prairie Crossing Farm are independently-operated businesses, staffed by the professional Prairie Crossing farmers. Much of the other farm-work is accomplished through our farm-based education programs, such as the Prairie Farm Corps youth development program, though we do occasionally need volunteers. Contact us or watch for volunteer announcements in the Prairie Crossing Farm email newsletter.

Plant Sale

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Seasonal volunteers are needed to help with our spring Plant Sale and Open House including greenhouse seeding, watering, transplanting, and staffing the sale. The Prairie Farm Corps will also work in the greenhouse to prepare for the plant sale during their after-school Crop Mob sessions, but additional volunteers will be needed to supplement their work. Click here for more information about the Plant Sale and Open House.

Contact us to be placed on our volunteer list.

Gleaning

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After a farmer completes harvesting, there may still be produce left in the field that has superficial damage, is too big or too small, or costs more in labor than what the farmer would receive from sales. Throughout history, farmers have invited “gleaners” to salvage what remains once their harvest is complete.

Gleaning promotes healthy eating by providing fresh organic vegetables to those who might otherwise have difficulty accessing them, and it provides a meaningful volunteer experience. Volunteers harvest and package the produce, which is picked up by either the Avon Township Food Pantry or the COOL Food Pantry. It’s a great way to volunteer and know you’re making a difference in your community!

Contact us to be placed on our volunteer list.

Other Volunteer Needs

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While the Prairie Crossing Farm is professionally staffed, there are many area community gardens who could utilize your time, talent, and enthusiasm. Many of these gardens grow produce for local food pantries, often utilizing seedling donations from the farmers at the Prairie Crossing Farm.

If you are interested in volunteering to grow food and make a difference, we encourage you to reach out to the following organizations: