Volunteer at the Patroon Land Farm
Tap into your inner farmer! We welcome volunteers to help grow and harvest produce at the Farm. In 2016, the Farm had over 2,600 volunteers contributing over 12,000 work hours. If you’re interested in planting, picking, packing, or learning about agriculture and the process of farming, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
Each spring, classrooms begin the growing-harvest cycle as partners with the Food Bank. Staff visit classrooms providing soil, seeds and growing cups for students to start the process by planting seeds. Under the students’ care, the seeds germinate, grow into plants and are brought to the Farm for transplanting into the soil. Throughout the season we host any school groups that desire to participate in farm activities. Farm Manager, Mark Weinheimer, uses these opportunities to teach the students about agriculture and the workings of a farm. Farmer Mark annually partakes in a Cornell Cooperative Extension program called “Ag in the Classroom” which places farmers into schools where they read to students.
The farm is always interested in working with interns over the season. Interns participate in all aspects of crop production, make deliveries of produce to the Food Bank, and work on farm improvement projects.
Please contact Bob Baker at Bobb@regionalfoodbank.net for more information.