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, undergraduate students from the University of Michigan, many (thank you!) of our garlic customers, many (thank you!) friends, plus many dietetic interns from local programs and around the country.
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:
- 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!)
In 2015, our farm will have a Volunteer Coordinator. We are very excited about this plan for the continued success of our small farm. Details are still being developed for this important role and will be forth-coming on this website.
Volunteer Sign-Up (the Sign-Up Genius website/link is not active yet – stay tuned!)
If your community group would like a tour (for example, we hosted the Ypsilanti Garden Club in July 2012), 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 welcomes 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.
“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.