For all who are interested in lending a hand with harvesting and general farm tasks, we ask that you first attend an orientation to become familiar with volunteer policies, farm safety protocols, and various techniques for harvesting, weeding, washing produce, etc.
Kirkwood Community College is offering Grow: Johnson County volunteers free access to Instructor Scott Koepke's Organic Vegetable Farming & Gardening Classes. (If you would prefer to pay the $10 tuition for the class, please register through Kirkwood's website.)
Class description: From seed to harvest, this class covers a comprehensive overview of what to consider when starting or expanding an organic garden. Through hands-on application at the Grow Johnson County Farm, students will learn about healthy soil, discuss mapping and placement, rotations, companion plantings, proper tools, watering, mulching, tilling options, thinning, weeding, and season extensions.
The farm looks to be spooky productive in October. Turnips, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cabbage, salad greens, and peas will all make their way to local pantries, shelters, and meal programs. There will be plenty of harvesting, washing produce, and, as always, weeding, to go around. As the days start to turn cool, we will be cleaning up the fields, turning them over, and planting down some wonderful cover crops. We will be happy to have volunteers from 8AM-12PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. MWF will be primarily harvesting and washing. Saturdays will be more focused on farm upkeep--whatever that may entail.
Have a large group (6 or more people)? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time for a group project.
Our dear friends and strong supporters from Frontier Natural Products Co-Op will be spending an entire day out on the farm, assisting us with building tomato cages, laying landscape fabric, and other tasks from 8am-5pm.
Please Note: this is not an "Open" volunteer day.