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Membership

Highfield Farm is an urban community farm hub. By becoming a member, you are contributing to a localized food system where the success of our operations and the health of our environment is a direct reflection of the strength of our community.

Register as a member to volunteer, participate in our programming, or collaborate with us. All of our membership levels have different benefits- check out all options to see which one suits your needs!  

By registering as a member, you are expected to adhere to our policies and procedures, and you will be added to our volunteer list and newsletter. 

Soil

Membership for individuals who would like to be part of the community, and get their hands dirty from time to time! This is our basic membership which allows you access to the farm and discounts on programming, events and products.

Free

Plant

Membership for restaurants looking to grow their own products and be involved in a healthy, connected food community.

$500/yr

Dragonfly

Membership for individuals who would like to be part of the community, and utilize the on-site disc golf course.

10$/yr indv

Rain

Membership for companies/groups/organizations that want to have a positive impact on food access in our community.

$1000/yr

Compost

Membership for folx looking for full-farm access. This is our level-up membership that allows you access to the farm with some great benefits.
Family membership includes up to 4 individuals.

50$/yr indv OR $100/yr family

Sun

Membership for companies/groups/organizations that want to be actively involved in a healthy local food system. This membership features large group access to the farm and your own shared growing space.

$3000/yr

Grower

Membership for farmers looking to *scale-up* and be part of a collaborative urban agriculture model. This membership is specifically tailored to your needs, and eligibility is dependent on your capacity to contribute substantially to our community benefit plan. Please complete contact form to begin the application process.

Cost based on needs analysis

Membership

“Having a designated yard among other farmers feels like the sense of community that has been lacking from my home business. I’m so excited to raise bees in another urban ecosystem, engage in community events to meet like-minded individuals and have the autonomy to operate the bones of my operation on my own schedule. The most valuable asset gained will be the ‘hive-mind’ of other hard working individuals. Thanks for taking me in, HRF!”

- Amber Yano, MOB Honey 

Grower member since 2021

Volunteer

Volunteering at Highfield Farm

Highfield Farm is currently dependent on volunteer contributions and community support to operate. Though we would eventually like to be financially self-sufficient, for now we seek the help of folks who align with our mission and vision to operate. In exchange for contributing meaningful work, we seek to provide volunteer opportunities that build tangible skills, offer leadership opportunities, and allow for exploration, experimentation and empowerment.

are you ready to...

  • be a friend to the land and soil?

  • learn, and share knowledge with others?

  • contribute meaningfully to your local food system?
     

awesome! first things first, no matter how you plan on volunteering you must...

  1. Register as a member on our website.

  2. Sign the waiver.

  3. Update your profile!
     

there are 4 ways to volunteer at Highfield Farm...

  • Join a Club

  • Take on a Volunteer Role

  • Participate in a Work Bee

  • Volunteer with your large group

*volunteer in as many ways as you would like! 

Clubs

Clubs are created around certain projects or aspects of the farm project in which people wish to be engaged. Clubs are a great way to meet folx with similar interests, learn new skills, gain a deeper understanding in a certain area of the farm, and contribute to the development of the farm in a meaningful and reciprocal way.
 

Clubs are intended to be self-organizing, and empower members to engage, learn and share together!


Clubs each create their own little micro-climate within the larger farm project...

  • Clubs each have their own forum on our website. This allows for members to communicate, share resources and photos, and provide updates on cancellations or additional opportunities.

  • Clubs each have a regularly scheduled 'Drop-in Day'. This is the meeting time for members to gather, discuss, plan and work together. If you are new to the club- start by coming to one of these Drop-in Days!

  • Some Clubs, or keen members, may choose to meet more frequently - this is up to the club members themselves!

  • Each club has at least one 'Champion' who acts as the leader for communications and liaison to the Operations Team at Highfield Farm.

Ready to join a club?? Explore them all here...

Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Roles are associated with specific tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. These roles may be simple weekly commitments such as watering, or could be more complicated roles such as volunteer coordination, or communications.

 

Volunteer Roles are intended to support the development and contribution of specific skills!

Volunteer Roles roles support the day to day activities of the farm...

  • Volunteer Roles are more individual in nature and responsibility focused

  • Each Volunteer role has their own job description and training/commitment requirements

  • The process for these volunteer roles is a little more involved - depending on the role, the process may include an interview and further paperwork - see details for each role

Ready to take on a role?? Explore them all here...

 

Work Bees

Work Bees happen when we are in need of a large group of folks to get a particular task done. They are usually one-off projects or tasks, and are posted on our farm calendar when we are in need. Keep up to date with these opportunities through our social media, and our monthly newsletter.
 

Work Bees are intended to complete larger-scale projects and efforts that require big groups of folks to get them done. They double as a great way to socialize and meet new people!


Work bees complete projects effectively with the support of a large group of volunteers...

  • Work bees are specific to the task or project that needs doing

  • Work bees do not happen on a regular basis, but on an as-needed basis.

  • Descriptions of the projects and opportunities, as well as any special skills or abilities needed are provided in the description of the work bee when it is released

Ready to join a work bee?? Explore opportunities here...

 

 

 

Large Groups

We are able to accommodate large volunteer groups in certain activities on the farm with enough notice. This is a great opportunity for sports teams, corporate groups etc.
 

Large Group volunteering is intended to support the farm work, while creating a fun learning and social opportunity for the participants!


Large groups support tackling a big project, or complete a large task all at once...

  • Accommodating large groups takes some planning on our part - to ensure we have enough work that needs to be done, we will need to know a few things:

    • How many people will you be bringing?

    • What ages/abilities are in your group?

    • How long are you hoping to volunteer for (hrs)?

Ready to bring your group?? Explore activities here...