Thank you for your interest in helping out! As a growing nonprofit, we are grateful to our volunteers for the integral role they play in growing the local food system with us. Farm Fresh RI generally has year-round volunteer opportunities, with higher needs and more types of work available spring through fall.
How You Can Help
Available opportunities will vary depending on the season and our current programming. Below are some of the areas where volunteers can make the most impact. Please fill out our brief online application so that we may learn about your interests and availability, and we will follow up with you to learn more.
Market Mobile Packline
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we pack up Market Mobile orders in a process we call packline. You'll learn first-hand what's in season and get an inside scoop into the local foods RI and MA customers are ordering. Packline is a fun small-team undertaking. We often listen to music, laugh, and get a mini workout picking product from various locations in our packhouse, then packing them up to go out for delivery.
Farmers Markets & Fresh Bucks
Volunteers will play an integral role in providing assistance to both shoppers and vendors providing support at our seasonal and year-round farmers markets. We are also looking for volunteers to help with coin counting for our Bonus Bucks program.
Local Food Spotlight Writing
Writing volunteers play an important role in making sure our farmers, producers, and local food customers get the attention they deserve. We highlight the pieces our volunteers write in our newsletters, on our news page, in the Local Food Guide, and via social media.
Photography & Videography
Take pictures (or short videos) of our farmers markets, farm and food vendors, and more. They may be used on our website, social media, or other materials (with your credit/tag).
Help spread the word about farmers markets, events, and community education programs in neighborhoods near you by distributing flyers and other Farm Fresh materials.
Youth Mentor at Harvest Kitchen
Mentor the youth trainees involved in our Harvest Kitchen culinary job readiness program, and provide support in our production kitchen where we process locally grown Bgrade produce into value-added products. Your assistance will support underserved teens training for a fresh start in the culinary job market.
Research and Data Checking
The Local Food Guide is chock full of great community-submitted information about local farms and farmers markets as well as grocers, restaurants, and other businesses that source locally grown food. We’re looking for volunteers to help keep it up to date!
Assist our Community Education team in offering workshops for low-income, low-access families at farmers markets (July and August). Help provide cooking demonstrations and local food tastings at schools (preschool to grade-12), senior centers, and hospital cafeterias.