Gibbs Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Volunteer Update

We depend on Volunteers to help maintain our 8-acre site, which includes restored prairie, an orchard, demonstration crop plots and flower gardens. Registration is open for Tuesday Evening and Friday morning volunteer days. These active outdoor projects change weekly and are a great way to get your hands dirty. Individuals, families and small groups (under 10) can register for upcoming volunteer events listed below.

Adding Native Plants and Trees

We will continue to remove invasive species and add native plants and trees to our landscape. This year we are focusing on planting edible plants and shrubs like Hazelnut, Chokecherry, American Plum, and Wild Strawberries.

Preparing and Planting Heirloom Gardens

Each year we plant over 50 types of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs. These include tomatoes, peas, carrots, corn, squash and potatoes. We also plant a variety of herbs and edible flowers. We will start the season off preparing garden beds by adding compost and building plant supports.

Heritage Orchard Work

Our Orchard has about 30 heritage and U of M developed variety of apples. Yearly orchard maintenance includes pruning, watering, and bagging apples. In 2023, we are planting some trees, removing turf grass and repairing fencing around the trees. These projects will help protect our apples from critters and insects and reduce the need to water.

Register for Upcoming Volunteer Events

Friday Morning Farm Chore Volunteer

Help us tackle our to-do list! Volunteer at Gibbs Farm on select Friday Mornings and Tuesday Evenings during the 2024 season. The outdoor projects change weekly usually planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, light landscape and orchard projects. Projects are great for students, families, small groups (scouts, 4-H ect.) and individuals. Children…

Tuesday Evening Farm Chore Volunteer

Help us tackle our to-do list! Volunteer at Gibbs Farm on select Friday Mornings and Tuesday Evenings during the 2024 season. The outdoor projects change weekly usually planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, light landscape and orchard projects.   Projects are great for students, families, small groups (scouts, 4-H ect.) and individuals.

Current Opportunities

 

Corporate or school groups interested in scheduling a Volunteer Event during the 2024 Season (April-October) should contact Volunteer & Adults Programs Manager,
Clare Holte via email: clare@rchs.com.

If you are looking for information on our Youth Internship Program, please see our
Employment and Internships Page
.