Volunteer at DeLaney Community Farm
Volunteering at DeLaney is an excellent way to learn more, become involved, and support issues related to refugees, food access, community development, and sustainable agriculture. Volunteering is also an excellent way to support the work of Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and Project Worthmore (PWM). Volunteers are essential to DeLaney’s success. We are so appreciative of our volunteer’s commitment, time, and energy. You make a difference at DeLaney, and we hope to equally impact your life.
Who Makes an Excellent Volunteer?
DeLaney is a refugee-training farm. Volunteer management is one component of our Yu Meh Community Farmer Training Program. We seek to create a safe learning environment and community of support, and volunteers should be ready to learn from and work beside our dynamic Community Farmer Trainees. Please know that language barriers and cultural differences will exist. We invite all volunteers who are respectful and supportive of our Trainees’ learning process and differences.
You may join a workday as an individual or request to bring a group. Volunteers 14 years and older are welcome to join our workdays. Anyone below the age of 18 must attend with an adult.
Volunteer workdays are scheduled from May 1 to October 31, Monday–Thursday, 8:45am–12:00pm.
*Due to our very busy and structured workdays, we cannot accommodate requests for workdays outside our listed availability.
What to Expect
Upon arrival, volunteers are expected to sign a waiver and sign in to a log each time they visit DeLaney. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Volunteers will receive an educational talk about DeLaney’s mission, goals, and programs, and will have an opportunity to ask questions, followed by “Morning Movement,” where our farmers lead stretching exercises. Afterwards, volunteers will either work together, or will be divided into smaller groups. Educational demonstrations and field support will be provided. Activities are based on DeLaney’s needs for that specific day. Examples of volunteer tasks include, but are not limited to: planting, mulching, weeding, cleaning hand tools, painting, and more. *We cannot accommodate requests for specific volunteer activities.
During your visit: A brief safety talk will be provided.
Food Safety: In order to support DeLaney’s efforts in maintaining the highest food safety standards, volunteers will be asked to wash their hands consistently during their visit before the workday begins, each time before entering the fields, and each time after a bathroom visit. It is critical that each volunteer comply with this important request.
Bees: We have an apiary on the farm. Please be prepared if you have an allergy or fear of bees.
What to Bring
Closed-toed shoes are required. It is recommended to bring a hat, sunscreen, water and water bottles (we have potable water for refills), and work gloves.
DeLaney strives to be a low-waste facility. Please bring reusable water bottles and containers. If you bring anything onto the farm, we will ask that you take it with you.
We ask that volunteers arrive on time as individual and group volunteers begin together. Please call if you are going to be late. If you are more than 15 minutes late and do not call, your visit will be canceled.
A workday will be canceled by DeLaney staff in the event of rain (the day of, or the day before), snow or any event that would create unsafe working conditions. If you need to cancel, please call.
Please Consider Donating
DeLaney operates with a very small joint budget, made possible by PWM and DUG. Please consider making a donation, or sponsoring a need, during your visit.
Examples of past donations include: Sponsoring a Farm Beautification Day (donating paint and paint items, and helping to paint picnic tables, the barn and community house. Perfect for a corporate workday!); bring work gloves to the farm to use and then donate; or ask to see our Farm Needs list.
If you would like to participate in a volunteer workday, have questions, cancellations, or changes, please contact Leah Roco using the form below or by phone at 303.859.4940.
Directions from Downtown
We ask that volunteers provide their own transportation to and from DeLaney.
- Take I-70 E to Exit 282 to merge onto I-225 S towards Aurora
- Take Exit 8 for Alameda Avenue
- Turn Left at E Alameda Avenue
- Continue on Alameda Parkway
- Turn Left at S. Chambers Road
- Once you are on Chambers Road, stay in the right lane, slow down and put on your right blinker. You will pass a blue sign that says DeLaney Farm. This is NOT it. You will cross a bridge and immediately see a blue sign that says DeLaney Community Farm. Slowly turn at the sign onto the dirt road. Cars behind you may honk because they do not see the right turn. If you are in a paved parking lot, you have not gone far enough down Chambers, and need to get back on Chambers and drive to the second entrance.
- When you arrive, please walk to the first white building and a DeLaney team member will come to meet you.