Volunteer at DeLaney Community Farm

We are currently undergoing program changes at DeLaney Community Farm. Please check back in March for information about volunteering!

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.

When

Volunteer workdays are scheduled each year, based on availability, from:

May 15 – October 15, Tuesdays – Thursdays, 9am – Noon

You may join a workday as an individual or request to bring a group. Volunteers high school aged and older are welcome to join our workdays. Please note that DeLaney Community Farm is a working farm and is unable to accommodate unscheduled visits.

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. 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. Please Note: We cannot accommodate requests for specific volunteer activities.

Safety

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 & water bottles (we do have potable water for refills), and work gloves.

Waste

DeLaney strives to be a low-waste facility. Please bring reusable water bottles and containers. If you bring trash onto the farm, we will ask that you take it with you.

Late Arrivals

We ask that volunteers arrive on time, as individual and group volunteers begin at the same time. 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.

Cancellation

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.