Volunteering at the Farm

Garden Volunteer OpportunitiesĀ 

As a non-profit educational farm, Turner Farm is supported by the assistance of individual and group volunteers to assist in the day-to-day work. Every week, we are blessed by volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our gardens.

First-time volunteers are welcome on the farm every Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:00am – 11:30am only. Groups, businesses, student clubs and other organizations are welcome by appointment only.

We welcome all members of the community, however volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, email melinda@turnerfarm.org.

Draft Horse Volunteer OpportunitiesĀ 

Draft Horse Crew

Members of the Draft Horse Crew sign up individually for chore periods on weekends, and some holidays, either for the morning shift (7 – 9 am) or afternoon shift (4 – 6 pm) throughout the year. The start time for a chore period will change depending on the season, but no chore period will start earlier than 7 am or later than 5 pm. Applicants will need to be able to commit to signing up for 2-3 shifts per month to be considered for the program. Admitted applicants will complete the chores posted weekly including feeding hay and grain, letting animals in and out of pasture, cleaning stalls/ picking up manure in the dry lot, and filling water.
Only volunteers that are a part of this group will then have the opportunity to learn to harness the horses, ground drive, and help with field work depending on what work is available. These lessons will be conducted dependent on the availability of interested volunteers and there will need to be a minimum of two volunteers present for the driving lesson to occur.
Message leah@turnerfarm.org to be considered for a spot in the Draft Horse Crew.

Horse Training Assistant

We recently have introduced some younger horses to the farm that need additional training before they are ready to work in our vegetable fields with various farm implements. We aim to consistently train these two horses five days a week and are accepting volunteers who are able to commit to volunteering on weekdays for 1-2 days per week (3-4 hours per day).

Desired applicants should be very comfortable around horses and have a minimum of one year working with horses in some capacity. Applicants should possess a knowledge of basic horse behavior, know how to identify signs of tension and stress in the horse, and have the ability to stay mentally calm and focused in all situations. Applicants need to be physically fit, observant, demonstrate emotional control, patient, detail-oriented, timely, reliable, good communicator (in person and via text message), follow instructions well, and feel comfortable problem solving in a group setting. Prior horse training knowledge is a plus, so long as it comes along with a willingness to incorporate my suggestions and previous training experience as well.

If interested, messageĀ leah@turnerfarm.org.