As a working organic farm we welcome all volunteers. We have a work to ride program where over 30 young people come serve, volunteer and, in return, ride horses. Duke farm is also a viable part of the Bedford Community. We practice Homestead Farming using horse drawn equipment and have a two-acre horticulture program where volunteers can participate in the planting and harvesting process. We will teach beekeeping and have a farmers market to sell produce to the community. Some of the benefits to volunteering are:
If it looks like rain, the farm work must go on! We have a lot of fun on muddy and rainy days. We will only cancel in the event of extremely heavy rain or a thunder and lightning storm over the farm. In the event of a cancellation (very rare) we will post it on our social media pages (Facebook & Twitter) and email all registered volunteers no later than one hour before the scheduled volunteer day.
The minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old. Children 10-13 years old must be accompanied by an adult (minimum 1 adult per 3 children), and minors ages 14 to 17 years old are allowed to volunteer without an accompanying adult with the proper form. All minors must bring a signed parental consent form.
It is critical that you arrive and are on the farm ready to go by 9:00AM. Please arrive early enough to park and sign-in. We will circle up and help with the feeding and cleaning for the animals. There will be instructions on the day’s tasks that are important for your success.
You may be working outside the entire time! You must wear closed-toe shoes to volunteer. Also wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and dress appropriately for the weather as there is very little shade out on the farm. Be mindful that certain plants may create an allergic reaction so bringing a long sleeved option may be beneficial for some. We recommend sunscreen and bug spray. Bring a refillable water bottle– the farm has drinking water available, but we do not provide cups. We provide work gloves that you can borrow but feel free to bring your own. Bring your lunch. For safety and sanitary reasons, we ask that you do not bring dogs to the farm.
Any outbuilding on the Farm does not permit the use of tobacco products. Absolutely no illegal drugs, or controlled substances allowed on the farm.
Duke Farm provides young people a place to grow as leaders, so often our youth are on site on the farm and the ones leading you in your volunteer day. You are an important part of their leadership experience, so please come with an open heart, a sense of humor, a willingness to follow all instructions from youth and staff, and a readiness to work hard.
Your support and contributions will enable Duke Farm to meet its goals and improve conditions for the animals. We are in the building stages and every bit helps. Your generous donation will help us to grow and continue to serve the Bedford area.