Volunteer on the farm

Join us on the farm, Get your hands dirty and learn how to grow local food...

We are setting up farms in the city to take a step towards providing green productive spaces for community to connect with the origins and the process of growing good, clean, local food! So, needless to say we have lots of volunteer sessions available - it's a great way to be involved! Our farm is a fully operational market garden run by our managers Michael Zagoridis and Emma Bowen, community coordinator Eliza Cannon and farm assistant Julia Martignoni. 


DROP IN SESSIONS

Our regular two-hour volunteer sessions are a great way to get started working with, and learning from, our team on the farm. We have both weekday and weekend sessions available, all starting at 8am to capture the best part of the day. By signing up to join us for these sessions you'll be involved in the day-to-day work which includes undertaking a range of jobs from weeding, seed-raising, planting, coop cleaning, watering, mulching, compost-turning, repairs and organisation, among others. The jobs involved will vary from week to week - please note we cannot guarantee particular tasks on any given day.

Children are welcome, however must be accompanied and supervised by their parents or guardian. Volunteers with disability are also invited to join us - if a carer is needed please ensure that they attend with you. Advise us in the notes below of special needs and we will do our best to find an activity that is suitable.  

By registering below your place is confirmed in the volunteer session for the date chosen. We do not send a confirmation email, you will only hear from us if the session is cancelled for weather or other reasons.

In order for us to prepare for each session we ask you to please let us know as far in advance as possible if you can no longer attend, by emailing Michael (Zag), our farm manager, at michael@pocketcityfarms.com.au.

Please BYO gloves, hat and water bottle. Wear sturdy enclosed shoes. We really value the time spent on the farm by volunteers and look forward to seeing you on the farm soon!

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FULL DAY VOLUNTEERING + INTERNSHIPS

We are also inviting people who are keen to gain experience on a working urban market garden to get in touch about volunteering for longer sessions on weekdays. To take up this option and allow us to offer some consistency in what you can learn on the farm we kindly ask for a commitment of a minimum of one full day per fortnight. The days involve working alongside our team in an active and collaborative learning environment. We can also accommodate internships for study for periods of 1-3 months. To get involved in either of these ways, please email a brief paragraph about yourself and why you'd like to volunteer or intern on the farm to Michael (Zag), our farm manager, at michael@pocketcityfarms.com.au.


COMMUNITY COMPOST CARERS

We're seeking a couple of keen people to work alongside PCF to manage a new community compost program we are establishing at the Camperdown farm in 2018.

The Compost Carers will assist with the coordination of building new compost piles, turning over, maintaining records and encouraging and facilitating the involvement of local community members for food waste drop offs and pile turning. Who needs a gym when you can do an outdoor workout on the farm! Any previous knowledge of composting is great, but not essential, the opportunity to learn with the PCF team will be provided ongoing.

Must be available for a1-2 hours each week and a monthly catchup with the PCF team. Please note, this is a volunteer position, and a unique opportunity to be involved in helping build an integrated and fairer food system in our city.

Please send all expressions of interest to be involved to michael@pocketcityfarms.com.au


COMMUNITY FOOD FOREST CARERS

Love to get your hands dirty, growing good food to share among the community? We are seeking a couple of keen people to work alongside PCF to manage the community food forest we have established at the Camperdown farm, and help it grow into a dense and nourishing space of free food.

The Food Forest Carers will assist with the coordination of monthly working bees for the space, including care of all existing plants, planting of new ones, weeding, establishing pathways and making the space easy for all to use, care for and coordination of any signage.

Must be available for a monthly working bee and a monthly catchup with the PCF team. Please note, this is a volunteer position, and a unique opportunity to be involved in helping build an integrated and fairer food system in our city.

Please send all expressions of interest to be involved to emma@pocketcityfarms.com.au