Our needs for volunteers are listed below.
Call us if you are interested in helping: 908.362.6735.
Even if you do not live near the Farm in northwest New Jersey, you may be able to help out from a distance.
A reflection on volunteer life at Genesis Farm
by Lin Neil
Increasingly we have more people attending our weekend residential programs than we can accommodate. Some people have used a nearby church facility, and some have pitched their tents at nearby campgrounds. Nothing, however, is better than a homey bedroom.
Might you be able to provide one in your home if such a space is needed?
We would love extra hands in the harvesting and preserving of fruits, berries, and vegetables. It helps if you have had experience in canning, drying, or fermenting, but if not, you can learn as you help!
We often need help during our programs with meal preparation, such as cleaning and chopping vegetables, table set-up, and clean-up. It would involve about 2-3 hours of time for each meal, beginning about 10 AM for lunch and 4 PM for supper.
Since 2001 we have maintained a small seed-saving garden for preserving endangered heirloom varieties of tomatoes lovingly propagated by our good friends Joe and Bobbi Cavanaugh, founders of nearby Garden State Heirloom Seed Society. We need help planting, harvesting, and drying seeds, and making and filling seed packets.
Walking trails meander through over 200 acres of meadows and woods. We are always grateful for help in maintaining them for the safety and enjoyment of our many visitors, especially May through November. It's fun! And a great way to meditate.
Plant seeds and seedlings in the spring, and bulbs in the fall. Garden beds need weeding, bushes need trimming, and it is especially helpful, but not essential, if you have had some experience.
Our coordinator of buildings and land could always use some assistance with painting, repairing, hauling items, etc. We can find a match between your skills and availability and the Farm's needs.
Memorial Cards are requested by mail. We always need help filling those requests. The tasks include folding cards, stuffing envelopes, addressing and stamping envelopes, writing names in the Memorial book. Quiet, meditative work.
Keeping up-to-date on the "Resource and Links" section of this website is an ongoing task. A background in Earth Literacy would be important. We would be working closely together on this effort.
This is a way you can help without living close by!
We need someone with tech 'savvy' that is available by phone or email for guidance when we encounter 'strange' (to us!) glitches when using Excel, Access, Word, etc. and of course, the Internet. It doesn't happen often - at least no more than about once a week!
You could help with this even if you live in California or Carolina...
With some programs, there are a lot of people arriving in a short period of time immediately before the program begins. We often need help with parking, registration, showing guests to their rooms, and generally making everyone feel welcome.
Would you be interested in helping out with welcoming people to the Farm?
Program participants often travel by bus or train from New York City to Panther Valley, Hackettstown, or Newton, and they need a ride to the Farm. Would you be willing to be on our Transportation Help roster?