“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
Volunteering perks include free: educational Farm tour, Farm fresh lunch, Farm made soda, Farm made beer [21+], and fun people too!
Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm has moved to Santa Rosa from the South Bay. The first volunteer day will be Sunday, January 22nd. All pictures below are from the volunteer days at our South Bay location and are representative of the fun you will have once volunteer days start!
“Thank you so much for having us today! I enjoyed working on your farm and all your efforts in making my volunteer experience great- from the tour, to providing us with delicious lunch/soda/beer, sharing your fresh produce with us to take home, and especially your kindness and time. I learned so much and felt good after working on your farm and spending a beautiful Sunday with you both and the rest of the volunteers. What you do is so impressive and I wish you continued success. I hope to come back soon. Thanks again!
-Best regards, Melisa [Farm Volunteer]”
Join the Challenge, Gain a Mastery and Make a Contribution by Volunteering!
(To skip the details and see how to apply: Click here)
One Sunday a month are Volunteer Days at Hummingbird Farm. These are days open to Registered Volunteers only. Volunteers may show up between 10am and 3pm (we close at 5pm) and pick up an activity with other Volunteers or for the more experienced, lead their own activity.
Volunteers mulching, planting seeds, and carving trails into the hillside.
Part of the fun of volunteering at our Farm is the chance to be in charge of something and gain a Mastery!
Lisa and Dave leading a team in the garden
We are currently looking for the following positions to be filled:
- Marketing Assistants – No experience necessary. We need people who like our Farm and want to spread the word about it. Duties would include writing emails, writing other marketing material, researching and collaborating on new ways to advertise, and other marketing tactics.
- Carpenter – We have lots of things at the Farm that we would like built out of reclaimed redwood. Additional planter boxes and a large tool rack for example. If you have a passion and talent for creating, but no good outlet, look no further. Please apply with some pictures of things that you have built.
- Chefs – If you have some kind of specialty or formal training, please tell us about it. We want to expand into serving food and we need talent in the kitchen. This is a great way for someone to get their name out there. Start off small by cooking a dish for volunteer day, be a celebrity chef for our Airbnb breakfast, and in the end host and manage large fundraiser dinners.
- >>Choose your own adventure – we can’t list all the jobs there are to do and we don’t want you to feel like these are the only jobs. Have a passion? Let us know and we’ll see if that’s something we just might need at the Farm!
There is no need to pick a specific project. Many people just come out for the fun of helping on the Farm! Apply to be a regular volunteer.
For those interested in internship, apprenticeship, resume building, yes we gladly write letters and answer reference request calls for people who served as an intern, apprentice, farm hand, manager of Brewing Yeast operations (we don’t yet have this person, is it you?) – provided you actually did a satisfactory job with your respective position on the Farm.
Many people came to the Farm without a paying job and now have one. They still come back to our Farm! Proof that money isn’t everything!
Please see our “Meet the Staff” page to view the current list of volunteers and the things they are helping out with.
How to apply to be a volunteer:
Each person must submit their own application (mention if you have a friend applying, and we’ll try to get you both on the same orientation day)
Must be 18 or older to join in the fun of volunteering! 21 or older to drink the beer.
Children are welcome at Farm Tours, Volunteer Parties, and Farm to Picnics. If you have a child/children interesting in helping out, we do offer taking on a project at the Farm as a family or group. Email us for more info.
Step 1: Send an email to us:
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following things within your cover letter:
b) Why do you want to volunteer?
c) What Farm activities interest you?
d) Share any gardening or animal experience you have
e) Your Educational/Work Background
f) Please read, agree to, and copy and paste this quote in your email: “I understand the Farm is your home and I will only visit on volunteer days that I am invited to.”
*optional/helpful* Attach your resume (pdf preferred)
Step 2: Like us on facebook.com/HummingbirdFarm and wait for a positive reply from us.
Step 3: Come to New Volunteer Orientation/Interview:
You will start with a one hour tour of Hummingbird Farm to get acquainted and to provide you with free education. After the tour you grab some gloves (bring your own or we provide them) and work on the Farm for at least a couple hours. We take breaks often and we even provide you with a free lunch featuring fresh food from our Farm!
Step 4: Come back…
If you pass your first visit interview/orientation, return, without a reservation, to enjoy the Farm as a Volunteer. We are open from 10am till 5pm one Sunday per month for registered volunteers to show up at anytime they like from 10 till 3. Don’t forget to “Like” us on facebook.com/HummingbirdFarm to stay up to date with what is in season and free for Volunteers at the Farm.