Adult volunteers are a big part of putting the community in Wellgate Community Farm. We have a range of opportunities available for those who are looking to gain and share experiences and have the time to give us.
Our adult volunteering tasks tend to be grouped around animal care and gardening but we are happy to make use of any skills you have, there is always maintenance to do and we always need help with events (setting up, making sure they go well, and tidying away after.)
Animal care/yard work is pretty self-explanatory, it is a constant job to ensure that the animals are healthy, their environment is clean & tidy, they have food & water and appropriate shelter etc. Quite often this involves a bit of shovelling, but people really enjoy getting up close with the animals. Our volunteers find themselves involved in going out to events with our mobile farm and introducing the animals to the general public.
Our Gardeners look after all the flowers, herbs, vegetables and hedgerows around the farm and at our allotment site in Marks Gate. Sowing and harvesting, potting-on, planting out, and of course weeding and watering. The produce from our farm is sold on the market stall to visitors and some is used to make preserves (available in the shop.)
Some of the other jobs our volunteers have been doing in the last year include preparing craft for events, erecting marquees, maintenance, general errands (driving a guinea pig to the vet etc.)
Our volunteers get to represent us in the London City Farms & Social Gardens annual Harvest Festival. All our volunteers pull together to show off the best that Wellgate has to offer in a traditional country-show setting, growing the best vegetables, showing our animals, and meeting up with the other city farms – it’s one of the highlights of the farm year.
We recognise our volunteers at events throughout the year including the barn dance and at our AGM. And if yourself working with some of our young people then you may even find yourself nominated for a Jack Petchey Leadership Award for your efforts.
If you’re interested then pop along to the farm when we’re open and have a chat with some of the staff and other volunteers about what you’d like to get involved with. You can pick up an application form, and once you’ve had your induction you can start.