Group Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

General Volunteer Information

Volunteering at EarthDance is a great way to get active, learn about organic farming, and directly impact the Good Food movement! There’s nothing more exciting and fulfilling than helping helping grow food and community here in Ferguson. We’re always looking for individuals and groups to help out on the farm and in our office. Current volunteer needs include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Community Outreach
  • Farm & Garden work
  • Special Event Staffing
  • Office Cleaning and Organization
  • Publicity Archiving
  • Material Collection and Drop Off
  • Data Entry
  • And more!

Be sure to check our Facebook page and website often for new opportunities! Below are some Frequently Asked Questions for both individual and group volunteers.

Group Volunteers FAQ

How many people are required to volunteer as a group at EarthDance?

  • We accept group sizes from 5-30 people. However, during the early spring and winter we might not be able to accommodate large groups due to decreased workload on the farm.

How long does a group typically volunteer?

  • We ask that groups volunteer for at least 3 hours. This allows  enough time for orientation and training, volunteering, and clean-up. But our staff would be happy to work with you longer! A full day volunteering will give your group the opportunity to experience many different aspects of farm life.

Are there any accessibility issues my group needs to be aware of?

  • While we are in the process of making our farm property more accessible to all bodies, there are many areas that are not. The road from the street onto the farm property is steep. Our property is unpaved with uneven surfaces including grass, mulched areas, and soil farm beds. Our bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. We are working hard to fix these issues in an effort to welcome all people to our farm.

Can volunteers bring food and drink?

  • Of course! We’ll take breaks to fuel up during your time with us. Your group is also welcome to picnic on site before or after your volunteer event. Please bring along a trash bag and dispose your trash off-site. We will have recycling and compost bins available.

What type of work do volunteers do at EarthDance?

  • All kinds! Possible tasks may include: weeding, planting, seeding, harvesting, mulching, invasive species removal, trash pick-up, organizing, cleaning, composting, chicken chores, farm maintenance, and a variety of other tasks. Many, if not all, of these projects include walking, lifting, bending, kneeling, squatting, and twisting. Please let us know if this will be an issue with members of your group. Nick will confirm the tasks for your group the week before you join us. Needs change with the season, so volunteer often to try your hand at different farming projects!

Do volunteers need to bring tools or supplies?

  • Unless your group has previously talked with Nick about a special project, volunteers do not need to bring any tool or supplies.

With whom should I speak for more information?

  • That’s me! Your friendly EarthDance Volunteer Coordinator Nick Speed. Feel free to e-mail me (volunteer@earthdancefarms. org) or call (314.521.1006) anytime!