Interested in vegetables, local food systems, livestock and getting your hands dirty? Apply to work or volunteer at our farm! There are several ways get involved. Apply to host a CSA Location, help deliver to one of our two area local food banks, or tell us about a special skill you have that you’d like to lend to the farm.
Come work with us! 2018 will be our seventh season and this is a great time to join our team. We grow vegetables and fruit, and raise layers and pigs for 300+ CSA members and our Farm Stand. Willowsford Farm is currently operating on three locations and is part of the Willowsford Conservancy and community. We are always looking for enthusiastic people to help us grow and sell, but most often hire in the fall and winter for the season ahead.
We manage and enhance the natural resources under our care, and help each other grow as farmers and individuals along the way. We are looking for many talents to help shape the farm as we continue to grow.
If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Mike Snow or call (571) 297-6900.
Dates: May – November
Weekly commitment: 4 hours
Description: CSA Distribution Hosts are responsible for managing vegetable, egg, milk and flower share pick-ups, ensuring that members retrieve all the correct items, have signed in, and that the pick-up experience is easy and enjoyable. Knowledge of or interest in cooking with seasonal ingredients a plus! Hosts also will help a farmer set-up and break-down shares, organize the space before, during and after pick-up, make notes of missed pick-ups, and are committing to being present at every pick-up for the 27-week main season, with the option to trade days and locations with other volunteer hosts. Hosts are required to attend one afternoon of training in April. In exchange for volunteer service, a host will receive a proportional amount of their veg share for the season – if they’re one of three rotating, they get a third off their share.
Dates: May – December
Weekly Commitment: 1 hour
Description: This volunteer will work directly with the Retail and Farm Managers each week to pick-up and deliver perishable food items to one of two area local food banks: Loudoun Hunger Relief and Dulles South Food Pantry. This volunteer may also be called upon to coordinate off-hours donations with their assigned food bank during periods of abundance at the farm. Must have a drivers’ license, ability to lift 50 lbs and his or her own vehicle.
Weekly Commitment: 2 hours
Description: After attending a mandatory training session and 10 supervised work training hours, this volunteer is assigned a shift to be responsible for daily chicken chores, which includes feeding, watering and collecting and/or washing eggs. These volunteers may be more than one person, for instance, a family in which parents may take turns bringing children or a few friends who want to take turns.
Weekly Commitment: 1- 4 hours, variation throughout the season
Description: After a mandatory training session and 30 supervised training hours, these volunteers may assist with routine feeding and watering, milking, medical care, portable fence installation and breakdown and may be called upon to assist at educational and promotional events. Applicants must be able to lift 50 lbs. and be comfortable working in areas with heavy vegetation (thorns, poison ivy) and tick populations.
Dates: April – November
Weekly Commitment: N/A Variable
Description: This volunteer opportunity is flexible. All it takes is for you to say, “Yes! Add me to your short list of folks to call when the farm has more strawberries to pick than hands to pick them.” Occasionally we have big projects on the farm that require a lot of hands and are just the right mix of hard work and gratification for folks who’d like to get their feet wet in farming. After submitting your application, you can expect to receive several emailed invites throughout the year for large harvests or plantings. Most of the work will be during the week.
Weekly Commitment: Self-Directed
Description: Have a special skill set or want to help us with a project at the farm? There are plenty of projects and possibilities here, and we’re open to others. Build a bat box? Paint a welcome sign? Have a project proposition, outline and implentationplan to help earn a Scout badge or award? Apply here.
Dates: March – November
Weekly Commitment: Self-Directed
Description: This volunteer opportunity is flexible, self-directed and best suited for folks who have a working knowledge of gardening. Friends of the Farm Garden are invited to help maintain the garden that surrounds the Farm Stand. Tools and a to-do list are available behind the farm stand and work can be done at leisure. Items on the list include: weeding, pruning, amending soil (compost, double-digging), transplanting, trellising, weeding (listed again because there is always a lot of weeding), mulching, dead-heading, watering and more.