Tips for Field Volunteers: Come Ready to Work

In order to have an enjoyable experience working at the farm it is necessary to come prepared. We work in ALL weather conditions, and often have greenhouse or indoor work prepared in the case of storm events.

The following is a list of items to bring, or not bring, when you come to work in the fields.

Medical Conditions If you have a condition requiring an inhaler or epi-pen, severe allergies or other major medical issues, please bring what you need to tend to any emergencies that might arise during your volunteer experience and notify your WFCF staff leader of your condition before starting work at the farm.
Shoes Shoes or boots with hard soles are best. Please do not wear sandals or open-toed shoes. We strongly advise against bare feet anywhere on the property, including the fields.
Work clothes Dress in layers and bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain. Check the weather before you come to the farm to work so you can dress accordingly and see below for insect protection. Shirts must be worn at all times while on the farm. If it is a hot day, we recommend bringing a change of clothing or extra T-shirt if you are concerned about your comfort when you are done - some jobs will be hot and dusty (but extremely rewarding, of course!)
Insects As we do not have much deer pressure on the farm, Lyme Disease from ticks has not been an issue here. However, it is always wise to take precautions anytime you are outdoors on the east coast. The best protection is proper dress and careful checks. We recommend wearing shoes, socks and full-length pants, as well as having a long-sleeved shirt on hand and remembering to check yourself and your children afterwards. This attire is also helpful for mosquito protection. Mosquitos are most active in the early morning and at dusk. We ask that you not wear perfume while you are in the fields - it attracts insects and can also be transferred to the vegetables. Bees don't usually bother us, if we don't bother them. However, if you are stung by a bee while at the farm, please let a staff person know. If you are allergic to bee stings it is your responsibility to bring a bee/wasp sting kit with you.
Water bottle It can be very dehydrating to work in the fields because of the exposure to the sun and the wind combined with physically-demanding labor. We encourage you to drink extra water the night before a working visit to the farm and to bring a filled water bottle with you. On very hot days we will provide a cooler of water and cups, although we strongly encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. Please keep track of your bottle - we find a lot in the fields every year!
Hat A hat with a brim or visor will provide some protection from the sun.
Sun screen It is highly recommended to wear sun screen when working in the fields.
Rest Go at your own pace. We are grateful for your help, but most importantly want you to have a good experience and not hurt yourself. You know yourself best. Please listen to your body and take rests anytime you need to.
Children Children require special attention and supervision when they visit the farm. Youth under 18 should be escorted by an adult at all times. If you are coming to work on the farm with any children under your supervision, your first responsibility is to oversee their actions. As much as you may want to engage in the task at hand, if the children you are supervising are not engaged in the task, we need you to stay with them and ensure that they do not roam away or damage any of the farm's crops or property. In addition, please remember that children may be more sensitive to the dehydrating effects of sun, heat and wind but not be as aware of it. Please ensure they wear sunscreen, protective clothing and drink adequate amounts of fluid on visits to the farm.
Work Gloves Gloves are not a necessity, but please bring gloves if you prefer to wear them when working in the fields.
Food Food is generally not provided. If you are going to need a snack during the period you volunteer, please bring one with you.

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