Volunteer with Arcadia Farm Field Trips!

We're gearing up for fall farm field trips and we need your help!

Starting in September, we're connecting students with where their food comes from by hosting school groups at Arcadia Farms. They'll learn about growing food sustainably, eating healthfully, and they'll get their hands dirty, too.

In order to create a hands-on experience, we're looking for a few Volunteer Field Trip Assistants to help out.

See the full volunteer job description below. Thanks!

Program Description
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture is a new non-profit organization serving the Washington, DC area. We raise awareness about healthy food and its sources, and establish innovative connections between sustainable local farms and consumers. Our farm, located on the historic Woodlawn estate in Alexandria, VA, aims to demonstrate environmentally and economically sustainable growing practices through community engagement.

This fall, we will host groups of up to 30 students from Washington, DC schools on our farm two days a week for hands-on educational programming.

We’re looking for Volunteer Field Trip Assistants to help make field trips to Arcadia Farm safe, educational and fun. Field Trip Assistants will help monitor the space, provide instruction and supervision, and assist with general garden maintenance.

Volunteers must attend a 1 hour on-site volunteer training session on August 30.

  • Experience working with youth
  • General knowledge and interest in organic gardening, child nutrition and food security (or similar issues)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Leadership experience helpful, but not required
  • First Aid/CPR certification is a plus
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs

Time Commitment
We’re looking for volunteers who can commit to one Tuesday or Thursday from 9:30am to 1:30pm per week for the duration of the program, which runs from September 1 to October 20. Preferably volunteers can commit to the same day/time for the entire fall. The volunteer shift will take place at Arcadia Farm, 9000 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, VA. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to/from the farm.

This is a voluntary position. School internship credit can be arranged for a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week (2 days/week).

Contact Information
Please send your resume plus a note describing your interest and relevant experience with organic gardening and/or working with youth to Farm to School Program Assistant Liz Whitehurst at liz@arcadiafood.org by August 26.

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