All are welcome to volunteer at Gaining Ground.
We are a volunteer-driven organization that relies on the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of thousands of people. Because of your help, we can grow and donate nutritious local produce to people in need of fresh, healthy food. We simply could not accomplish our mission without your hard work as a farm volunteer, or occasionally as an office and special projects or sugaring volunteer.
“Volunteering at Gaining Ground is a time for me to escape the urban rat race and reconnect with the earth. There is an amazing sense of satisfaction one gets from transforming a field full of weeds to one of neat rows of lettuce or beets. The setting is beautiful and the camaraderie shared with the farmers and the other volunteers is something I always look forward to.” -Karin C.
“My team really enjoyed it. Well organized, you know how to host volunteers well! My team loved your passion and felt like they had a greater appreciation for farming.” -Vickie B.
“The entire morning was a wonderful experience. From the field work, to the farm tour, to having lunch with the crew. Our entire staff was thrilled to be there and be a part of the volunteering experience.” -Jack L.
From early April through late October, we depend upon thousands of helping hands working outside with us morning and afternoon. Our community of volunteers is broad-based, often including:
- Individuals ages 15 and up
- Families with children ages 5 and up
- Education groups: schools, colleges, alumni, homeschool coops
- Religious groups
- Community groups: scouts, camps, senior citizens, civic organizations
- Special needs groups
- Corporate groups
When you arrive, you walk out through the fields to our farm pavilion. You are welcomed and given an introduction to Gaining Ground and our hunger-relief role. Our farmers explain what’s going on at the farm and the tasks they’ve lined up, based on the the skills and abilities of that day’s volunteers. Then, you work alongside our staff—planting, mulching, cultivating, harvesting, washing… At the end of your visit, our farm staff returns with you to the pavilion to share observations and experiences.
High School Crew
During the summer from June through August, we welcome high school students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, rain or shine, hot or cold. High School Crew volunteers will receive direction from our farmers and then work independently with other peers. Community Service hours can be approved upon request. This is a great way to meet other high school students and learn about the many tasks involved in raising healthy, fresh produce.
For more details, please review our volunteer guidelines and then sign up as a High School Crew volunteer.
For a span of about four to six weeks in February and March, we collect buckets of sap from sugar maple trees in Concord and boil it into syrup, donated at Thanksgiving to families seeking hunger relief. If you are interested in participating, please review our volunteer guidelines and then sign up to volunteer. Space is limited and the schedule is variable.
Office and Special Projects Volunteer
Most of our volunteers work outside, but there are times we welcome help with indoor projects such as mailings, data entry, research, technology and social media support, event organization, etc. If you have skills and talents to share, please contact Program Manager, Allison Goodwin, to discuss the possibilities.