As a one-man show, Molino de la Isla relies on the help of individual and group volunteers to help us with the day-to-day operations of our farm. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to learn and gain hands-on organic farming experience and learn about our acequia culture. All are welcome to volunteer; including groups, student clubs, businesses, and individuals. (Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. More info below.)
Volunteers can assist with a variety of farm tasks such as planting, harvesting, and weeding. There are also site projects for those with building skills. Or if you just enjoy cooking, cleaning, photography, painting, teaching, or any other past time let’s talk about how you can help!
We are committed to growing healthy food for our community in defense of our acequias. Thank you for your support and assistance.
All volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes. Bring anything you’ll need for working outdoors (hat, gloves, etc.). Please apply any sunscreen or bug spray before you reach the farm. Bring PLENTY OF WATER to drink! You may also bring food to eat down by the river.
We like our volunteers to arrive at 8:00 am. We will contact you the day prior to your scheduled day to instruct you where to meet us. Please be on time so that you can be part of the morning meeting to determine what projects will be worked on and who will be doing what. So please contact us if you plan to arrive at a later time so we can discuss how to coordinate with you.
General Age Requirements:
Older kids are welcome to work in the fields with close parent supervision and with the Owner's approval. Kids age 16 and older may volunteer on their own without adult supervision. However, a Volunteer Form must be filled out with a parent/guardian phone number where they may be reached in case of emergency.
It is very helpful if you are able to fill out a waiver before you come in. You only have to fill it out once per season. Scroll down toward the bottom of the page to download a printable version of the Volunteer Form.
Molino de la Isla has many groups that join us to volunteer as well. If your work or community group would like to coordinate a day to help out, please Contact Us so we can schedule a time for you.
We actually have a volunteer “Volunteer Coordinator”! This volunteer helps during our Season (April - October) to help coordinate the many requests and questions we receive about our volunteer program. The Volunteer Coordinator works from home to answer your emails the best that they can.
Most of your questions can be answered by reading through all of the information contained on this web page and most volunteer days you can just “show up” without coordinating with anyone (as long as you arrive by 8 am). If you still need more info, please feel free to Contact Us so we can direct you.
The best way is to sign up for our weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides info on all the upcoming events, important information about the farm, and special volunteer opportunities. You can sign up by entering your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the bottom of this page and clicking on the Sign Up button.
We also need “Harvest Leaders” who get trained to help lead the harvest on our busy harvest days. If you can volunteer once a week for harvest on a regular basis (weekly, monthly or whatever you can do), we can train you on our harvesting techniques, so you can teach other volunteers what to do. If you’re interested, just let us know when you come in!
We have specific projects that come up from time to time that require special skills, materials, or extra time from our volunteers. Sign up for our Newsletter below to receive updates on volunteer opportunities helping with special projects.
Or contact us if you have a special skill or equipment you think might benefit the farm.
For more information about volunteering on the farm, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
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