Open Farm Days

We hold one-day volunteer events at the Farm called Open Farm Days which are held on the third Sunday of each month. These involve volunteers coming to help out in the fields or barns. While volunteers actively participate in the work of the farm these events are intended to be sociable and fun too. We also hold farm tours during these days so people can also just attend to see the farm without getting their hands dirty.

The farm is in a beautiful setting, overlooking the North East edge of Dartmoor. Adults and (supervised) children are welcome. Normally we start at 10am and finish by 4pm.

Everyone who helps out at a Open Farm Day, including 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 membership(at)chagfarm.org.

Can anyone volunteer?

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

Chagford 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.

When are the Open Farm Days?

Open Farm Days are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10.30am to 4pm.

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

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. We also need to know in advance how many people will be requiring lunch.

Health and Safety

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 Open Farm 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 Open Farm 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 Open Farm 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 membership(at)chagfarm.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.

If you are unable to travel by foot 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 limited parking on the farm, otherwise you can park at the swimming pool (out of season) and walk up from there.

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.

Lunch and refreshments

We normally provide lunch for Open Farm Days, but if for some reason this is not possible we’ll let you know so you can bring a packed lunch. You may also 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.

If you can offer to prepare or help prepare lunch please email membership(at)chagfarm.org

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 toilet 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 membership(at)chagfarm.org