Volunteers sought to work on veggie farm – Times-Standard

The Environmental Services Department is seeking community members with interest in small-scale organic farming to participate in the Bayside Park Farm’s Volunteer Program.

Bayside Park Farm is a three-acre vegetable farm located in the city of Arcata’s Bayside Park at 930 Old Arcata Road, which is dedicated to cultivating connections between the community and sustainable
agriculture. The Bayside Park Farm share program was the first CSA program in Arcata and has provided the community with local, organic produce for 29 years.

In order to participate in the Bayside Park Farm’s volunteer program, volunteers ideally make a two-and-a-half-month-long commitment to assist for three to six hours a week in exchange for fresh vegetables and hands-on training in organic farming. . The volunteer shifts are on Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to noon or from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

In addition to general planting, pruning and harvesting skills, volunteers will learn other skills, including sowing seeds in a propagation house, mending and preparing beds for planting, transplanting crops, growing crops from seed and irrigation techniques.

For the health and safety of city staff, volunteers and farm share participants, current COVID-19 protocols must be followed when visiting Bayside Park Farm.

Those still interested in volunteering for the program’s summer season should apply as soon as possible, and those interested in the fall season should apply by Aug. 12. For more information, community members are encouraged to email [email protected] or call 707-822-7091. To learn more about Bayside Park Farm or to enroll in the farm share program online, visit cityofarcata.org.

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