Volunteering at Crème de la Crop is a wonderful way to
connect with the living ecology of soil, plants, people, and yourself!
We invite you to play in the dirt with us by helping in the greenhouse or fields doing crop maintenance as well as harvesting and many special projects. Tuesday through Saturday (Weather Pending), starting at 1pm we invite you to come out to the farm. Tasks will be delegated, according to your ability. We ask that you contact us 24 hours, by email, prior to visiting; to give us a chance to organize the day’s activities.
Children may accompany a volunteer but arrangements need to be made in advance prior to visiting the farm. If the volunteer is 13-17 years old, we require the parent or guardian to stay at the farm while the volunteer is working, and the volunteer is limited to working four hours each day. Volunteers must be 18 years and older to come and volunteer at the farm individually.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Crème de la Crop. Your time is valuable and your generosity and efforts are appreciated. Our volunteers are an important part of our growing a diverse community. To help you become acquainted with our work practice, the following information may answer your questions and support each person’s success as a new volunteer. This information is general and not meant to include specific information.
Do I have to be a shareholder of the Community Supported Agriculture program to volunteer?
No. The program is developed for our members to develop a deep connection where their food comes from and in turn be rewarded with “Crème Cash”… volunteering will enrich the lives of everyone.
What is “Crème Cash”?
For every hour you spend lending a helping hand, we will give you a seven dollars credit towards future C.S.A. purchases. When you arrive at the farm, please check in by filling out the form provided (name and time in). Prior to leaving fill in the time out area of the form. Monthly we will tally up the hours and send you a credit statement.
Why do people volunteer at Crème de la Crop?
People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Most people volunteer because they want to give back to their communities. Many people experience life changes that open their daily calendars in such a way that volunteering becomes an opportunity that they might not otherwise experience. Some of our volunteers want to learn more about organic farming experience the connection of where there food comes from, communicate with others that are like minded as well as know their farmer first hand.
Can I bring my dog with me?
No pets are allowed in work areas and pets cannot be left in cars.
What kind of time commitment does a volunteer need to make?
We ask for a commitment of at least 2 hours per visit, with a maximum of 8 hours per day. Please notify us by email 48hours prior to the day of participation so we can organize the activities. Include in the email expected arrival time, names of the helpers and expected time spending at the farm.
What if I am sick or running late?
Missing a shift due to illness and vacation is, of course, unavoidable. Volunteers are given the name and phone number of their department office so they can communicate easily. Call if you will be very late or there is a sudden change in your schedule. And let us know about changes in your address or phone so if our schedule changes, we can inform you.
What if I have never worked at a farm?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. This can be a time of personal growth. You can develop new skills, learn about basic garden maintenance or learn about organic farming. Be sure you understand what you are supposed to do. Ask questions. Accept guidance and direction. Be flexible. It will take a shift or two to become familiar with the routines of your department. If you are working outdoors, wear clothing and shoes appropriate for your work area and the weather. Dress in layers and wear a hat in cool weather. Gloves are provided for any fieldwork.
Procedures and Recommendations
- Wear clothing appropriate to gardening activities. You may want to layer and have a backpack with you containing a few clothing options. The weather conditions change frequently and we want you to be as comfortable as possible. We recommend wearing lighter colors that reflect heat and deter insects in the summer months.
- For your protection, please wear sunscreen or other appropriate cover; the sun is hot, and will burn you.
- We are growing organic food and require anyone entering the fields or handling produce to wash your hands in the apprentice house sink provided; prior to doing so.
- Hydration is very important. Please bring a refillable water container with you. You will have access to filtered water… but we will not guarantee its temperature. Feel free to bring a small cooler with you.
- If you are entering any areas such as our apprentice house, we ask you to remove your shoes if they are muddy at the door to prevent any tracking issues.
- Please avoid wearing perfumes, colognes or artificially scented products; any artificially scented products attract mosquitoes, bees and other flying insects.
- Treat each area within Crème de la Crop and all equipment with care.
It is the policy of Crème de la Crop not to discriminate on race, color, creed, age, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disabling conditions. We believe that all persons are created equally and we revere and welcome diversity. We treat each person, volunteer, apprentice, employee and customer, equally with respect. We will not participate in discriminatory behaviors, nor will we tolerate that behavior from anyone on our properties.