Madonna University Dietetic Students Cleaning Garlic

What can I say? We LOVE volunteers helping out at our farm. There are simply never enough hours in a day to do everything that needs to be done plus those things we would like to do on our farm.

As just a few past examples, we have welcomed the Clinical Nutrition Department from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, a class from Madonna College covering the environment, food, and health, MSU’s Student Food & Nutrition Club, an individual needing to contribute volunteer hours for completion of the Washtenaw Community College Organic Certification, students fulfilling service hours for their high school, undergraduate students from the University of Michigan, many of our garlic customers, many friends, plus many dietetic interns from local programs and around the country. Thank you to ALL!

We truly appreciate any help. We’re serious! Here are a few examples of how we put your hands, strong backs, and flexible knees to work:

  • Weeding
  • Harvesting garlic
  • Cleaning garlic to sell at markets
  • Preparing garlic to plant
  • Weeding (yes, again, always!)
  • Harvesting rocks from recently tilled fields
  • Planting garlic
  • Mulching garlic
  • Stamping bags with our farm logo
  • ‘Helpers’ at Ann Arbor’s HomeGrown Festival (the most fun of all!)

MSU Dietetic Students planting garlic

Volunteer Sign-Up The 2017 Sign-Up Genius website/link is NOW currently active for help with cleaning garlic for markets.

If your community group would like a tour (for example, we have hosted the Ypsilanti Garden Club and the University of Michigan Garden Club), we’ll do our best to accommodate your group. However, please understand (1) that our market days and/or family obligations will always be our first priority and (2) we cannot control the weather.

Special Note: Being a Registered Dietitian (RD), Diana has welcomed all dietetic students, interns, and educators. Please read information about the School to Farm Program developed by the Hunger & Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Dietetic Practice Group of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly ADA) before contacting Diana to discuss your interests and goals for coming to our farm so she can best meet your needs and expectations. (Diana regrets that she has been unable to host dietetic students and class farm tours in 2017. Please feel free to inquire for possible 2018 opportunities.)

“Thank you, Diana, for hosting me for two unforgettable weeks during my dietetic internship at Western Michigan University.”  ~ Katelyn Dinkgrave, RD

All volunteers and interns become a life-long ‘family’ member of The Dyer Family Organic Farm. 🙂