So let’s say we have you hooked. You’re interested, and you want to get involved and learn more about farming. But how?
Lucky for all you wanna-be farmers out there, the Duke Campus Farm holds community workdays twice a week. Everyone is welcome at the workdays: students, faculty, friends and neighbors. No prior gardening or farming experience required, just an interest in food.
The workdays are a chance to get your hands (and clothes) dirty. There’s always something to do on the farm; it’s true that a farmer’s work never ceases.
During the summer, at the peak of the growing season, volunteers get the chance to do a lot of weeding, watering, pest control and harvesting.
As we move into fall, we’ll be rotating out summer crops for fall ones, preparing beds, starting plants in the greenhouse, and continuing the fight against pests and weeds.
Since we plan to grow year-round, we’ll be planting and harvesting throughout the winter and into the spring. We’ll also be working on a number of small construction projects to improve facilities at the farm.
The farm has been holding workdays throughout the spring and summer. Participants have included Duke University deans, undergrads, grands, PhDs, family and significant others, community members, and the occasional dog (leashed, please!).
The community workdays are a great way to meet others who share your interests and to learn about how food is produced. If don’t think you’re interested, remember that everything you eat begins its life on a farm. And if you’re a Duke student, chances are that you’ll be eating something off of the DCF this year.
Come out to the workday and find out what the farm’s about! Here’s when you can catch us on the farm this fall:
Thursdays 4-7 PM
Sundays 10 AM – 2 PM
The farm is located 6 miles from campus on Friends School Road. For more detailed directions, visit our website. Transportation from the Duke Campus is available, please firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
PS: If you’re really interested in getting more involved on the farm, we have an undergraduate federal work-study position available. Visit our website for more information and to learn how to apply.