Volunteer with Us

We can't meet our mission without you.

Volunteers are an enormous asset to both of our farms, and we truly couldn’t meet our mission without them. From planting and harvesting, to weeding and field preparation, volunteers are hard at work almost every day and assist with nearly every aspect of our farm operation.

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We welcome individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

All first time volunteers will receive an educational tour as part of their volunteer experience that gives an overview of our agricultural operation and food access initiatives across Richmond.

We do our best to accommodate each request, however, volunteer slots are limited and volunteers are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that our Powhatan Farm has a much larger capacity to welcome volunteers and is better suited to welcome large groups and groups of children.

Though we love welcoming volunteers of all ages, please note that we are a working farm and most farm tasks are not appropriate for children under 6 years old. Young children can observe and explore, but may not be able to fully participate in volunteer work. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult group leader.

6,296

Volunteer Visits

17,140

Volunteer Hours

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Schedule Your Visit

Volunteers work on our farms 5 days a week from March to November. Our Powhatan Farm hosts volunteers Monday through Thursday from 9am-12noon and 1-4pm, and on Saturdays from 9am-12noon. Our Northside farm welcomes volunteers Monday through Thursday from 9am-12noon and on Saturdays from 9am-12noon.

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Where to Volunteer

We are able to host volunteers at both our 5-acre Northside Farm located in the City of Richmond and our 14-acre Powhatan Farm in Midlothian.

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Ready to Sign Up?

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer interest form. Once your form has been received, someone from our team will reach out to confirm your visit.

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Volunteer Waiver

Once your volunteering window has been confirmed by a member of the Shalom Farms team we will need each participant to complete our Volunteer Waiver prior to your scheduled shift.

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Volunteer Survey

We are so grateful for each and every volunteer. After your volunteer shift please consider completing our Volunteer Experience Survey to help us continue to improve our program.

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Lead Volunteer Program

We are incredibly grateful to our dedicated group of Lead Volunteers that commit to working at least one day a week with us for the entire growing season.

Last year, we had more than 45 Lead Volunteers across both farm sites, each of whom volunteered with us anywhere from 30-100 times a year! These unofficial staff members continue to be a critical component to our success.

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Volunteer Information


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Health & Safety Policy

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Volunteer Waiver

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Volunteer Survey

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Visit Our Farms

Across our two farms, thousands of people of all ages come together each year to grow, share, and learn. Our agricultural operation includes two large scale farms with 9 acres in production harvesting over 600,000 servings of produce annually.

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