Volunteer

At Heartland Farm we accept volunteers all year round for various amounts of time; however, like most farms we need the most help from April through October.

Overnight/Extended-Stay Volunteers

We offer:

  • Training for those new to gardening
  • Hands-on animal husbandry training
  • Free attendance at our programs and workshops (if space is available)
  • Free room and board in exchange for 20 to 40 hours of work per week (varies depending on time of year)
  • Grocery money so that you may purchase food you prefer (for volunteers staying longer than a week)
  • Transportation to and from town weekly arranged by staff (for volunteers with no other transportation)
  • Opportunities to enjoy many of the amenities Heartland Farm has to offer

Type of Work

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  • gardening
  • yard maintenance
  • barn duties
  • assisting with programs and special events
  • cleaning
  • occasional meal preparation (for those who know how to cook)
  • repairs and other odd jobs in which the volunteer is skillful

Additional Information

Volunteers stay in a space with two apartments that have individual kitchens, shared bathrooms, a larger community room and community kitchen.

noon meal for webThe Farm hosts a community lunch (for those staying at the farm) each weekday at noon (vegetarian diets accommodated – please be sure to let us know of any food allergies). You will be provided with other groceries, or a way to get your own groceries, for morning and evening meals and weekends.

Washing machines and clothes lines for drying are available as often as needed.

A weekly farm meeting is held each Monday at 1 pm to discuss the cooking schedule and work needs for the week ahead.

*Overnight volunteers are asked to check in each morning around 8:30 am Monday through Friday to discuss the day’s work.

volunteer-coverEach month, Heartland Farm offers a different program to the public. Depending on the program, we may ask for your assistance even though the programs usually take place on the weekends.

Because the Farm is already home to a few human-loving dogs, outside pets (specifically pets of volunteers) cannot be accommodated. Non-Farm pets are not allowed in any of our buildings. (Please note that while our dogs are friendly, they are quite territorial and not welcoming to other animals.)


Day-Only Volunteers

We also welcome “Day” volunteers from the local area, both individuals and groups. Volunteers who are here over the noon hour are invited to join us for lunch. Whether you are looking for a one-time service project or a regular volunteer commitment, we would be happy to have your help!

*If you have any other questions regarding volunteering here at Heartland Farm please contact us via email or give us a call at 620-923-4585.

We participate in:

  • WWOOF, an organization that links people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
  • WORKAWAY. This site is set up to promote fair exchange between budget travelers, language learners or culture seekers who can stay with families, individuals or organizations that are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.