Regular weekday volunteering

Regular volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the farm work, share knowledge and gain experience of organic farming.

Can anyone volunteer?

Weekday volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years old.

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 can I volunteer?

Most regular volunteers come for a day or a half-day each week, starting at 8am or 10am and finishing at around 4pm. It is also possible to volunteer every day or several days each week. Please be aware that at present we can only take regular volunteers between 8am and 5pm.

If you do not have your own transport to the farm, we will try (but can’t guarantee) to find you a lift-share.

If you are only available at the weekend, I recommend that you book to attend one of our Open Farm Days.

Is there a minimum time commitment?

Ideally, we like our regular volunteers to commit to a minimum of half a day each week (at least once a fortnight) for a minimum of three months. However, as long as you can commit five days in total, we can be flexible about when you come to the farm. For example, it may be possible to volunteer for five days in just one week.

If you do not have enough time available for regular volunteering you may prefer to attend one of our Open Farm Days.

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 have an application process for regular volunteering. This process involves collecting important information from you so that we can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time while volunteering with us.

How do I apply to volunteer regularly on weekdays?

If you would like to volunteer on a regular basis please complete the Regular Volunteering Application Form.

Once this form is completed we will arrange for you come for a day at the farm to get to know the place and people, talk through health and safety, and participate in the work.

This gives you an opportunity to see if volunteering at the Farm is right for you, before you make the commitment to regular volunteering. It also enables us to give you some feedback.

Once this day is complete we will ask you to complete a volunteer agreement before commencing regular work at the farm.

If for any reason we think volunteering at the Farm will not be suitable for you we will notify you.

What to bring

Please bring a bottle of drinking water; there is a tap where you can refill it. If you will be volunteering for a full day, please bring a packed lunch with you. You may also wish to bring a flask with a hot drink.

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.

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.

Other voluntary opportunities

There are other ways to volunteer with Chagford Community Farm. We sometimes seek people with specific expertise in areas such as publicity, IT or engineering, or people to help with data entry, leaflet distribution or staffing stands at events. If you think you can help with any of these things, please do let us know by emailing: membership(at)chagfarm.org

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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

Directions

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.