Be a Beardsley Volunteer!
Every year over 1,000 volunteers come to Beardsley Community Farm! Without the help of our many amazing and generous volunteers, Beardsley Farm would not be able to donate over 10,000 lbs of fresh, healthy produce to local food pantries. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of gardening skills, such as composting, seed saving, beekeeping, basic construction, and everything in-between. We need your help and we welcome volunteers of all ages and skill levels to get involved.
Click here for a volunteer liability form.
Volunteer hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM. Volunteers are free to stay for the whole day, or just an hour.
Please call us at 865-546-8446 or email us at email@example.com at least a day in advance to schedule a time so that we can plan our day accordingly. For large groups of 5 or more volunteers, we ask that you call at least a week in advance if possible.
Volunteers should bring a water bottle, clothes you can move in and get dirty, and closed toed shoes (no sandals). Please dress in accordance with the weather (sunscreen, a hat, raincoat/rain pants, winter jacket, etc.)
Once a month we have Saturday workdays, which are open to the community. Volunteers do not need to schedule a time, but it is nice to get a heads up for large groups. To learn about our next Saturday workday, check out our events page.
CAC Beardsley Community Farm also works with youth and adult groups from schools, colleges, religious organizations, Greek organizations, businesses, etc. For large groups of 5 or more volunteers, we ask that you call at least a week in advance if possible.
Community Service or Class Credit
Beardsley is a great place to complete your community service hours because you get to work outside in a welcoming environment while learning about sustainability and helping the community. And, because we always need volunteers, it is easy to get 15-20 hours of service completed in a just a few weeks! Service hours at Beardsley count towards the TN Achieves scholarship requirements, and we have worked with several schools in East TN to help students complete their hours.
Volunteering at Beardsley Community Farm is also great if you need class credit for any of your environmental studies classes. We work closely with several professors at UTK and PSTCC who accept volunteer hours at Beardsley Farm as a part of their grade.
If you are volunteering more regularly, consider becoming an intern. To learn more about our seasonal internships click here.