Johnson's Backyard Garden in Austin, Texas, she said, "I very likely washed those carrots you're eating—I volunteer at the farm to earn my share of veggies each week." Brilliant! We've been wanting to get more involved in the community and are always looking for opportunities. Last year we volunteered at the farmer's market, greeting patrons and helping with fresh food demonstrations. It was so rewarding! But what about getting one step closer to the source? We're all for it. By volunteering at your closest local farm, you could enjoy getting your hands dirty, not to mention maybe a hard-earned share of the crops. (And if your farm is not doling out shares right now, just bookmark this idea for Spring to get in on the volunteering action.) Volunteering at a farm will teach you a thing or two about your own gardening endeavors, too, so it's a win across the board, weather you take home a share or not. Do you volunteer at your CSA, community garden, or farmer's market? And do you get to take home some of the goodies? Related posts: • Take a Volunteer Vacation • The Best Cities for Urban Gardening • How to Join a CSA Image: Johnson's Backyard Garden.