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Learn how to farm with a Ecosystem Farm workshare

The Accokeek Foundation is seeking workshare volunteers for the growing season. If you are interested in the principles of sustainable agriculture and farm market operations, and are able to commit to 2 – 4 hours per week, then join the Ecosystem Farm Workshare Corps. As a workshare corps volunteer, you will receive a weekly share of produce in exchange for the opportunity to be stewards of the land, and working on a nonprofit, educational farm operation as you learn about growing produce, raising chickens and egg production, permaculture, and farming sustainably.

Workshare opportunities include:Field Crew – Field Crew volunteers will help with field prep, sowing seed, setting irrigation, weed management, and general farm tasks. This opportunity is ideal for someone who enjoys physical work and getting dirty, and is eager to learn about principles of sustainable agriculture such as seasonality, permaculture, and propagation from cuttings. Scheduling: Mondays – Thursdays; 8 am – 12 pm OR 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturdays; 9 am – 1 pm Harvest Helpers – Available to help harvest produce on Fridays during the season, April – Nov, Harvest Helpers will assist the farm team to prepare for the weekly farm markets by picking, bunching, washing, packing, and transporting produce. Volunteers will be scheduled to work primarily on Fridays. Additional weekday shifts mid-season are possible. Scheduling: Fridays; 8 am – 12 pm OR 11 am – 3 pm Market Crew – Market Crew volunteers will help farm staff at on- or off-site markets with set-up and breakdown, greeting customers, and processing payments. Knowledge about farm produce, and cooking and eating seasonally is ideal, but not required. Scheduling: Saturdays; 8 am – 12 pm OR 11 am – 3 pm
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