Our farm is deeply rooted in the community and relies on its support. Over past years the farm has had about a hundred volunteers per season who help in different capacities depending on their personal talent and ability. This includes a huge diversity of people. There are for example young kids together with their parents, teenagers, retirees, people with special abilities accompanied by their support workers, busy students, part time workers and shift workers, singles and couples, international exchange students…and this only names a few. Aside from the “newcomers” each year, many of them have been volunteering at the farm for years.
Our volunteers often spent a good part of their shifts directly with the animals. They always work hard in their own time to help us take care of the animals, provide information to the visitors, keep the farm clean and tidy and of course give the animals lots of love. Through this commitment and dedication they have really become a precious part of our farm team. As the farm is solely funded by donations, their volunteer work is simply invaluable to us and helps us greatly to keep the farm running. They all do a tremendous job; the farm would not be the same without them. Our awesome volunteers really help to make this little farm a happy, safe, friendly and inclusive place. They make it feel complete.
Unfortunately due to the health risks presented by COVID-19 we were unable to have our volunteers join us to work at the farm the last two seasons. We really missed their great work and awesome spirit and we are totally aware how much they must be missing their time at the farm.
UPDATE FOR THE SUMMER OF 2022:
After a lot of discussion, we have come up with a plan that hopefully allows us all a slow and safe way to have volunteers return to the farm.
We are looking forward to welcoming back returning volunteers to help take care of the animals at the farm. This includes any volunteer who has volunteered at the farm before 2020 and who had taken part in a training workshop in an earlier season.
If you like to return to the farm to volunteer this summer, here is how to go about it:
- Call the farm 250 381 2532 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and talk to the staff or email the farm email@example.com and provide your name and a phone number and we’ll call you. The staff will ask you several screening questions, explain a few necessary basic rules and sign you up for your first shift.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any new volunteers this season as the training involves a lot of extra time in close personal proximity. We hope that we can welcome and properly train new volunteers again next season.
Thank you for your understanding.