Your Generous Donations
Your donations of time, money, tools, and resources make our programming possible.
Farmshed’s very presence is the work of an amazing group of grassroots volunteers who were, and continue to be willing to go above and beyond to help our community learn about, understand, and value local food. Each and every Farmshed program, event, and publication are run by committee members that value its existence in our community and want to make sure it continues. Our growing organization and outreach efforts means we need to also enlarge our volunteer base. It will take a community of people who care about the food system to continue to make it all happen. That means getting you involved.
Whether you are interested a specific program or general volunteering with us, please fill out our Pre-Volunteer Interest Survey and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding current opportunities that fit your interests, strengths, and availability. Note that most committees meet seasonally in conjunction with the program or event; if you have interest in a few areas, please include all of them in your survey. When we receive your survey, you will be enrolled to receive email updates as opportunities arise, based on your interests.
You can also follow our Facebook Volunteer Updates Page for volunteer needs and program updates.
Annual Farmshed Volunteer Programs
Annual Event Planning
We depend on volunteer committee members to help us plan and prepare for the events in the following capacities: Food Sourcing :: Event Sponsorship :: Silent Auction :: Decorations & Venue :: Publicity & Promotion :: Children’s Activities. We are seeking additional individuals to get involved in planning the 2018 Local Food Fair (Saturday, Feb. 17th) as well as the Farmer Tribute Dinner (Saturday, Nov. 11th)
Local Food Fair (September-February)
Planning has been underway since February but there is room for more volunteer participation. We are currently working on outreach to potential sponsors, restaurants and exhibitors. More updates after our next committee meeting Monday, October 2nd 5:30-7pm at Farmshed.
Farmer Tribute Dinner (September- November)
Celebrate the harvest and appreciation of our dedicated Farm Fresh Atlas farmers at this year’s Farmer Tribute Dinner Saturday, November 11th at Farmshed. Click to learn how to volunteer for a free or reduced ticket!
Frozen Assets (June-November)
The kitchen is in full swing as we receive, process and distribute produce for the Frozen Assets program. To learn more or sign up for shifts, visit our program page here. I will send your email address to our Kitchen Manager, Greg so you will receive updates on that program from him periodically. *Shifts are Wednesday-Friday*
Compost Crew (March-November)
Join us to learn about compost a while helping us maintain and improve our compost area. Currently, Farmshed collects food waste from El Jefe’s, Father Fats, the Stevens Point Area Co-op and from our own kitchen. If you are passionate about learning about reducing food waste in landfills while turning local scraps into quality compost and would like to volunteer with the Compost Crew, email MarKatie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are some upcoming opportunities to join in on the fun.
Farmshed at the Market
Farmshed volunteers enable us to continue offering programs at the market such as the EBT and Gleaning programs in both Portage and Wood County. EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer, aka FoodShare or the SNAP program) provides the opportunity for low income families to use their benefits at the market. Training is required for the EBT program and takes about an hour. The Gleaning program was created to reduce food waste and get fresh produce into local food pantries. No training is required for Gleaning though a vehicle and ability to lift are a must.
Wisconsin Rapids Market (June-October)
We have many openings for EBT at the Wood County summer market on Thursdays from 8:30-3:30 as well as the Gleaning program on Thursdays from 1-3:30. To get involved, contact Krista at email@example.com
Stevens Point Market
EBT: We have had great luck in recruiting for EBT program at the Stevens Point summer market. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who came out each Saturday this market season to represent Farmshed and provide this service to the community! Opportunities available year-round.
We will soon be seeking volunteers to sign up for the Winter Farmers’ Market (runs November -April). Volunteers work 1 shift per month on Saturdays from 7:20-2:30.
Gleaning: Saturday’s from 12-2:30 (June-October). Shifts are full for the 2017 Summer Market season. Thanks to all the community members and organizations who have dedicated your time and muscles to this amazing program which brings thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local pantries each year.
Growing Collective (January-June)
There are many ways to get involved with this group whether you would like to join us for a workday or become a member to earn plants for your personal, school or community garden.
General Members: join with a commitment of service hours in exchange for vegetable and herb plants for their personal gardens.
Committee Members: meet year-round to maintain and improve the program and is composed of many leaders in roles of: Facilitation, Budget & Finance, Facilities, Communication & Promotion, Plant Sale, Seeds & Planting, Transplanting, Member Distribution, and general members interested in learning and helping more.
School or Community Garden Members: Each year organizations enroll with the Collective to earn plants for their school or community gardens and volunteers from those groups contribute along side other members and volunteers to fulfill the organizations commitment. The number of organizations is currently limited but if your organization would like to get involved to earn plants, reach out to us to discuss the possibilities.
General Volunteers: Whether you want to join us to see if the Collective may be right for you or you just want to contribute to the success of our program while learning a few things, join us when you can with no commitments.
Group Opportunities: more to come soon!
To receive updates about membership enrollment and volunteer opportunities, send an email stating your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year-Round Farmshed Support Opportunities
Grants & Sponsors- Help Farmshed identify grants and sponsors that align with our organization, draft grants, meet with and/or contact potential funders. Role varies depending on volunteer’s experience and network.
Events- help us develop fun ways to raise additional funds at our annual events Farmer Tribute Dinner (November), Local Food Fair (February) and the Growing Collective Plant Sale (May).
Other- the sky’s the limit; if you have creativity in fundraising we would love to hear from you.
Desired skill-set will be great oral and written communication skills, professional presentation for local events, and drive to increase local food awareness and support in our community. Other helpful skills include experience with resource development / management, donor management, fundraising, grant research and writing.
Greeter 1/week or 2/month regular volunteer; 3-4 hour shifts. Welcomes and assists patrons, visitors, and volunteers, performs light cleaning and office maintenance tasks, and provides volunteer assistance as needed by staff.
Membership and donor acknowledgements (1 or 2 times per month)
Data Management: input hours and contacts to membership and volunteer tracking
Online Research: Occasionally we are curious what similar organizations are doing to be more effective, maximize reach and impact, and increase our sustainability. An interested volunteer could work with staff to identify information that could help us develop and improve.
Marketing and Design
Help Farmshed increase marketing efficiency and success through social media, identify untapped resources, create and coordinate distribution of posters, flyers, and other promotional materials, and beyond. Projects depend on volunteer’s experience and interest. Miscellaneous ongoing opportunities available.
Upcoming opportunities by program include: Farmer Tribute Dinner, Local Food Fair, Farm Fresh Atlas, the Growing Collective
We can always use the help of volunteers to help us keep our site clean, updated and organized. Below are some projects and tasks that we are seeking volunteers for.
Shelves in Greenhouse– each year in the spring we use the greenhouse space to grow vegetable and herb starts. Community members return pots and trays that they purchase from our annual Plant Sale and we are in need of more shelves to organize and store the supplies we have. Ideal timing for project: August-October
Shelf Installation in Office– We acquired metal shelving units from Operation Bootstrap last winter but haven’t had the manpower to install them yet. Shelves have rust damage from moisture so will need to be sanded and painted before installation.
Weed and Pest Management (Summer-Fall)
Flower beds make way for our ornamental and edible plants to shine with occasional weeding and care.
Weed maintenance there are many weeds that grow on our site and we need plenty of hands to help keep them managed.
Miscellaneous Routine and Seasonal Cleaning, and Organizing indoors and out as funds, supplies, and tasks are available.
If you’ve already volunteered and didn’t log your hours on site, that’s okay, we still want to know how you have helped! Keeping accurate records of our volunteers helps us analyze and increase efficiency in our programs and also enables us to show to our members, the community, and sponsors the strength of our volunteer force and the support that exists for our programs. However you have helped us, we thank you for your time and hope you enjoyed your time and to see you again soon!
Click here: Submit Volunteer Hours
Farm to School – AmeriCorps
Central Rivers Farmshed is a partner with the YMCA for the Wisconsin Farm to School program. For more information on Farm to School, view the YMCA website here.
Volunteer opportunities in the past have included:
- Teaching nutrition based lessons
- Helping with activities
- Working with teachers in local schools
- Developing and aid school garden initiatives
- Outreach to local farmers to source local food for snack program
11/4/17 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin
11/11/17 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin
11/11/17 - 10th Annual Farmer Tribute Dinner
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI