Are you interested in helping create a strong, vibrant, local food system?
Consider volunteering with New Entry! We welcome new volunteers who bring energy, creativity, knowledge, and fun to our work. We strive to build relationships with our volunteers so that we may learn from one another. Our dedicated volunteers are vital to the success of our programs and our work transforming the food system, in New England and beyond.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Become a Share Packer at the Food Hub- generally Monday afternoons June-October
- Become a Site Coordinator with the Food Hub- Greet CSA members and make sure they get their shares. Tuesday afternoons June - October at Condon Shell, Medford and Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, Beverly.
- Become a Farm Volunteer- help with planting, weeding, harvesting, and other miscellaneous field tasks! Flexible timing- Monday through Thursday, May- October
- Become a License Plate Advocate- year-round, can easily accomodate varying schedules
- Apply to our open Commonwealth Corps Year-of-Service positions, supported by the Massachusetts Service Alliance (apply by June 8th, 2023)
- Join us or bring your group for an on-the-farm project- we welcome school and professional groups March-November
- Other ideas- what do you bring to the table? How would you like to get involved? Let us know!
Fill out a Volunteer Inquiry Form today to support New Entry in building a resilient, regional food system.
We welcome all people who want to learn more about the food system to join us in volunteer roles. We are excited to work with you as we all become more knowledgeable and engaged in our local food system. Thank you for letting us be part of your food journey, wherever it began and wherever it may end.
Past Volunteer Projects
The Great Pumpkin Smash: During The Great Pumpkin Smash, hosted in November, we had over 1,800 people walk through the gates of our incubator farm to learn about composting and sustainability initiatives. Kids and adults alike had a blast and everyone contributed to a successful event. Our co-organizers Green Beverly and Endicott College exceeded their leadership, engaging volunteers to plan and offer a fun space with the construction of the Pumpkin Destruction Zone, including the Gourd-O-Tine (guillotine; the Jack-O-Launcher (trebuchet), and the pumpkin smash boards). While it was a fun community event, we also met our goal to educate people about waste reduction and to provide a place to compost their pumpkins which will turn into nutrient-rich organic matter that will feed our soil and our crops next year. We estimate that we collected over 2,500 pumpkins, diverted over 30,000 lbs of organic food waste from the landfill, and generated a carbon impact of reducing 34.9 metric tons of CO2 emissions (as a reference, the average person in the US has an annual carbon footprint of around 16 mt CO2e, so we were able to reduce the carbon footprint of 2 people for an entire year - small steps, but every bit counts!). It was a pleasure to partner on such an important and fun community event!
It was a pleasure to partner with our co-organizers Green Beverly and Endicott College on such an important and fun community event!
Group of Boston University students volunteering at our incubator farm in Dracut, MA. Students learn about local, organic agriculture while doing the real work required at a farm.
Image description: A group of Boston University students in yellow tshirts stand in a group on the Incubator Farm. They smile as they gather around a wheelbarrow after a long, fun day ofvolunteering on the farm.
Boston University Volunteer Group organizing our reusable produce bins at the New Entry Food Hub. These are the bins that our farmers use on a daily basis to deliver our fresh, local, organic produce for CSA shares. When they are organized, our food hub runs smoothly!
Image description: stacks of large, gray plastic bins sit on a loading dock. Boston University students are moving around them to clean and organize them.