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Kids' Farm Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 8 people are interested
Volunteers gleaning in Oxbow's fields

Oxbow is a 30-acre organic farm, education center, and native plant nursery located on a 210-acre wilderness preserve in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle. The farm facilitates membership & CSA programs and supplies over 30 restaurants and independent grocery stores with local, organic produce. Our education center, which has a working Kids’ Farm and Living Playground, is committed to providing place-based opportunities for youth to directly experience the land and discover their connection to agriculture, conservation, and the environment. We offer year-round environmental education programs for children pre-K through high school.

Position Overview

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking for volunteers to assist in the growing and upkeep of Oxbow’s two-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground.

Commitment

Flexible to work with your schedule, the Kids’ Farm team appreciates season-long or ongoing commitment from volunteers (one day per week is great!), but can accommodate one-time work parties or individual project requests on a case by case basis. Please plan to spend three hours or more on the farm so we can get some real work done!

Responsibilities

Farming and Gardening

  • Seed sowing, transplanting
  • Seed bed preparation
  • Hoop house upkeep, trellising, irrigation
  • Weed and pest management
  • Crop harvest
  • Pruning permaculture perennials
  • Living Playground feature construction and upkeep
  • Other opportunities may arise!

Qualifications

  • High-energy and open to learning/trying new things
  • Ability to: work while standing, sitting, bending over, or kneeling; lift heavy & awkward objects, preferably up to 50 lbs; perform physical work such as digging or planting, potentially in inclement weather
  • Interest in farming/gardening (no prior experience required!)
  • Creativity! Construction, design, or other art experience/interests a bonus

Benefits:

  • Great experience to add to a resume or college application
  • Community service hours on a flexible schedule
  • Learn from our Farmer-Educators, who have backgrounds in environmental science, natural resources, food systems, and plant biology
  • Enjoy the beauty of Oxbow Farm and contribute to the success of the Conservation Center
  • Get creative and contribute to the whimsical features of the Kids’ Farm
  • Harvest and take home seasonal food, flowers, herbs, etc. every time you come out!

How to Apply:
Applications are located at http://www.oxbow.org/get-involved/volunteer

If you have any questions, please call 425-788-1134 ext. 3 or send an email to volunteer@oxbow.org

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About Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Location:

10819 CARNATION-DUVALL RD NE, Carnation, WA 98014, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. By creating connections to, curiosity about, and confidence in nature, Oxbow Education (OxEd) lays the foundation for future stewards of the Earth, giving people the tools and inspiration to cultivate their own relationship with their community, the food they eat, and the natural world.

Description

The Center is located on 240 acres of forest and grassland bordered by Western Washington’s Snoqualmie River. We use this mixed landscape to:

Produce food. We cultivate 30 acres of mixed vegetable crops using agro-ecological principles and engage in research to inform conservation farming practice.

Grow native plants. We operate a native plant nursery that produces plants for habitat restoration projects, educational gardens, and urban landscapes, and conducts research on native plant propagation using sustainable growing methods.

Connect children to nature. We offer environmental education programs for children pre-K thru high school to build their comfort in the outdoors and provide them with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Environment
Hunger
Children & Youth, Environment, Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

10819 Carnation-Duvall Road NECarnation, WA 98014

(47.69485,-121.97276)
 

SKILLS

  • Farming
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Botany
  • Horticulture

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • 3-4 hours one day per week- or more, if desired!
  • For volunteers under age 15, we request a parent/guardian be present, though they do not need to actively contribute (you're welcome to use our wifi or just relax nearby). Please reach out if you would like to arrange a group volunteer experience!

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