VOLUNTEERING

All ages can volunteer at Winterpast Farm.  However, after many years of experience Farmer Mary suggests one child per family volunteer  at a time and moms with toddlers probably need to either come while their child is in preschool or wait a few years. Occasionally a very young child is very helpful so this does not mean everyone.  

Local high schoolers can earn Community Service hours.

What is helpful is a volunteer who texts to arrange timing, arrives on time, after initial instruction gets right to work, doesn’t mind being directed by Farmer Mary, doesn’t spend the majority of their time on the hammocks or snacking or wanting to hold animals.  Volunteers are expected to put their personal stuff (lunch, coat, waterbottle) somewhere sensible (up high, not on a chair or picnic table a paying customer may want to use) , eat their snack or lunch when they are hungry and to put their trash in the trashcan and to take their stuff when they leave.

Some recent volunteer activities: Cage cleaning, feeding, watering, setting up maternity pens, helping move pens, reorganizing the feed room, harness training new baby goats and sheep, bottle feeding babies, snuggling babies of all sorts, filling water jugs, putting new fleece in guinea pig cages, putting out treats or salt blocks in cages, helping assist farm visitors with opening the gate, helping farm visitors put their animal feed into a bucket or helping those who are buying animal food at the farm, washing out feed bowls, helping visitors with finding the bathroom, helping get rental bunnies or Guinea pigs from or to cars, brushing the Angora bunnies, brushing the mini horse or donkeys, holding newly donated animals, clipping nails (after instruction and only if  interested)…..we have also had volunteers stuff hay into toilet paper tubes, bring toilet paper tubes, bring animal treats to give out, make signs for cages or other informational signs, help spread mulch, rake leaves, put out or take down tablecloths….

Farmer Mary has worked with parents of very large families to allow them to volunteer with raking pinestraw, moving firewood, picking up branches, fixing cages, general handyman type work to earn a farm visit for the large family. 

Regular volunteers get animals named for them and are in on newborn baby holding and all the special things going on at Winterpast. They can also occasionally take animals home for no fee.

We could especially use some handy helpers right now who can shore up sagging fences and help come up with new ideas for maternity pen roofing that won’t fall down in rain or snow.

Volunteers usually have come on a farm visit or two and already know Farmer Mary and the set up here.  Volunteers usually start with a few hours and some go on to being at the farm all day on open days. However, please note that  the farm is NOT a free babysitter for ANY age.  Genuine rapport with Farmer Mary and a willingness to mostly stay busy helping is important.  There is plenty of time for fun too with babies and other favorite animals when we aren’t too busy.

TEXT Farmer Mary if interested. 919-244-1800

Please do not leave a FB message. Please do not call. Please do not leave a voicemail or try all the million other ways to get in touch. TEXT. That is the first test of a good volunteer-if you want to get in touch with Farmer Mary text her.

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