Help those who lack access to fresh, affordable, high-quality food in your community, learn more about growing food sustainably, and spend time outside on a farm with The Food Project’s Serve & Grow volunteer program!

The Food Project’s sustainably managed farms are designed for human — not machine — labor. We rely on volunteers to help tend to the fields and help grow vegetables to donate and distribute locally. Volunteers work on the farms in the spring and in the fall when our youth crews are in school.

We host group and individual volunteers for three-hour sessions led by farm staff on weekday and Saturday mornings. On Saturdays, Root Crew and Dirt Crew youth lead and facilitate volunteer groups.

As a Serve & Grow volunteer, you will:

  • Engage in a variety of farm tasks, including planting, weeding, harvesting, washing vegetables, preparing and clearing beds.
  • Learn about The Food Project, the food system, and sustainable farming.
  • Be a part of a healthy and just food system that ensures everyone has access to healthy, fresh food. 

Group Volunteers, please visit this page for more information. 

Individual Volunteers, please visit this page for more information. 

Work-For-Share Volunteers: Applications are currently closed.

Our fall work-for-share volunteers get us through the late summer and fall season on our farms after the youth return to school. Tasks may include moving compost, prepping beds, mulching, transplanting, harvesting, weeding, turning the compost pile, etc. Volunteers should be ready to do all sorts of manual labor, rain or shine! In exchange for their labor, work-for-share volunteers receive fresh veggies from our farms!

 Volunteers should expect to go through a phone screening with one of our staff. Volunteers must be willing to fill out a CORI-SORI background check because our Lynn farms are located at public schools. They must also be willing to comply with The Food Project’s COVID protocols.