Become a Volunteer
Kirkstall Valley Farm is a community farm. We have two members of
staff – our Head Grower, Rhian Williams, and Assistant Grower, Ben Milner – who were appointed early in 2021.
We rely heavily on volunteers to support us with the upkeep – from building infrastructure, working the land, planting and harvesting, organise and staffing community events, to looking after the wildlife – there are plenty of opportunities to get involved throughout the year!
Volunteers give as much or as little time as they wish – any support is much appreciated and can be both home-based or on-site. In return, we offer you a friendly community to be a part of, the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills, a sense of well-being through working in the outdoors and with the earth, as well as benefitting the local community and environment.
If you are interested in volunteering, please find out more and complete our Volunteer Sign up Form here.
Regular volunteer hours below (Spring/Summer 2022):
- Monday: 1.30 – 3.30pm
- Wednesday: 1.30 – 3.30pm
- Thursday (Harvest Day): 10am – 12pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm
- Thursday Veg Pick Up Rota: 4pm – 6pm
- Thursday evening: 6pm – 8pm
- Saturday: 10am – 12pm
- Sunday: 4 – 6pm
We provide the tools but you will need to bring gardening gloves and wear sturdy footwear. A drink and snack is also advisable.
Join our CSA Support Group
Kirkstall Valley Farm is part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network – CSA is a partnership between the farm and the community. If you are involved in the farm in any way – be that a volunteer, a farm member or a Harvest Share Member, perhaps you would like to be involved more ‘behind the scenes’?
We would like to offer a programme of events for all farm members, harvest share members and volunteers, and organise fundraising events to raise money for developing the farm (for example: to allow us to modify the farm tractor, making it more suitable for our use, or to purchase extra polytunnels) but we need volunteers to support by offering time and skills.
At this initial stage, we are looking for people who are willing to attend regular meetings (probably Zoom, sometimes in person if convenient) and are happy to help with occasional events say once every couple of months.
If you are interested in helping out in this way, and being part of a ‘CSA Support Group’ please let Jenny know by email ([email protected]).
Volunteer at Local events and Stalls
If you are not into meetings but would like to help occasionally, we often hold stalls at various local events to promote the farm, the Harvest Share Veg Boxes, and Farm Membership. No experience or previous knowledge of the farm is required, we will have all the information (and veg!) ready to go, we just need enthusiastic ambassadors for the farm to tell people how great it is!
Please contact Emily ([email protected]) if you are interested. There are lots of interesting events and festivals going on so it should be a lot of fun!