Work For Food: Volunteering at Your Local CSA

Work For Food: Volunteering at Your Local CSA

Amber Byfield
Jan 24, 2011

While we realize that many folks out there don't have the luxury of a year-round CSA due to the weather (what do you mean, the farm's under 3 feet of snow?), we happen to live in one of those lucky parts of the year. To kick off the new year, we joined a new CSA, and a friend of ours let us in on an awesome piece of information.

When we told her we'd picked up our first (amazing!) share from 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?

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Take a Volunteer Vacation
The Best Cities for Urban Gardening
How to Join a CSA

Image: Johnson's Backyard Garden.

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