Volunteer

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We love to have new faces and extra helpers out at the farm.

During the academic school year, our student club hosts a volunteer work party most Saturdays from 1-3 pm and everyone is welcome, no matter their skill level or experience with farm work.

There are also occasional weekday volunteer opportunities for field and greenhouse work throughout the semester. Contact fcap@purdue.edu to get on the mailing list for these events.

During the summer + fall, our farm schedule runs approximately 8:30- 12:00 am and 1:00-5:30 pm Monday-Thursday. Volunteers are welcome to join our paid crew members in either the morning or afternoon shifts. Please contact student.farm@purdue.edu to schedule your first volunteer visit.

Where are you located?

The farm is located at 1601 West State Street on the far western edge of main campus. Horticulture Park is across the street and the Intramural Playing Fields are next door. Our office and classroom space is located in the basement of the brick building at this address. Our production fields are located through the red metal gate at the south side of the parking lot.

Our greenhouse is located at 625 Agriculture Drive, behind the main Horticulture building, in West Corridor ​Zone 9 and East Corridor Zone 19.

What should I wear when I volunteer?

Farmers spend a lot of time working outside, no matter what the weather. Dress according to how you will feel most comfortable in whatever weather is predicted for your volunteer shift, keeping in mind that you may be moving between greenhouses where it is dry and warm to outdoor rain or snow. We recommend layers and closed toe shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and water.

What can I expect to do while I’m at the farm?

Farm work is seasonal and highly weather dependent, so every day is different! In the spring, there is lots of indoor greenhouse work, seeding transplants and prepping hoop house beds. Come summer, there is lots of outdoor planting, weeding, and watering and the beginning of harvest. The fall is usually the full swing of harvest and the beginning of field clean-up, pulling irrigation, plowing fields under and seeding cover crop. Winter is the time for creating crop plans, ordering supplies, developing marketing materials, and generally getting ready for the next growing season. ​​​

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