Where is the farm?
First Fruits Farm HQ is located at 20431 Middletown Road in Freeland, Maryland. Find directions here.
When can I come volunteer?
All of our open volunteer sessions are posted on our volunteer sign up calendar.
We like to work early to avoid the heat of the day, especially in the summer months. A typical time frame to volunteer with us is 9:00 am-11:30 am on our open days. We are also able to accommodate some late afternoon/early evening groups during the summer.
How do I sign up?
Choose a date from our online volunteer sign up calendar. Follow our simple sign up process and you'll be added to our volunteer schedule!
If you are signing up yourself or your family, you will complete our liability waiver as part of the registration process.
If you are a Group Coordinator, you will receive an email with a special link to our liability waiver. This link is connected specifically to your volunteer session. Forward this link to everyone in your group so that they can complete their own waiver in advance. We ask that you try to get all waivers completed before arrival so that we can have a head count for the day.
Everyone who signs up to volunteer and group coordinators will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email with details about your volunteer day.
How should I prepare for volunteering?
Each participant should complete their signed liability waiver online before arrival. Dress for the weather, expecting to get dirty. No sandals or flip flops. We provide gloves, drinking water, and on-the-job training.
We like to work early to avoid the heat of the day, especially in the summer months. A typical time frame to volunteer with us is 9:00 am-11:30 am (any day but Sunday). We are also able to accommodate some late afternoon/early evening groups during the summer. In September/October/November, we are able to schedule harvest activities during the 1-4 pm time frame, including Sundays. Our volunteer calendar will have a list of all available volunteer times.
Watch our brief Safety Video to prepare for your day at the Farm:
What if I can't arrive exactly on time or have to leave early?
We recognize some volunteers travel a distance and will not be able to arrive for early morning harvest activity. You are welcome to join us at any time during the morning hours. When you register to volunteer, you'll be able to indicate your ETA so that we can plan accordingly.
What should I bring?
Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately (no sandals or flip flops) and bring a servant's heart! No experience is necessary - every helper is a blessing. We'll be having fun and working hard and give you all the instructions you’ll need to help in the harvest.
Where does the food go after we harvest it?
We distribute the harvest to dozens of soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries (among other places) in the Mid Atlantic region. We like to see the food go to as many people in need as possible. See our list of distribution partners here.
If you would like to help us expand our distribution, feel free to take some of the harvest to a pantry or shelter in your community. Just let us know how much of the harvest you are taking and where you are taking it when you leave the field.
Especially when young people are involved in the harvest, we encourage taking some of the harvest to a local pantry or shelter to "close the loop" on the experience of helping to feed the hungry. Just note this when you register so that we can be prepared to help you.
Can my children come?
All ages are welcome, as long as they are adequately supervised. Little ones do not tend to stay on task for very long, but we would love for them to come to the Farm.
Babies are best in a carrier - strollers can be challenging to navigate through the fields.
What will we be harvesting?
Depends on the weather, how many volunteers we have that day, and what's in season! There are many variables that factor in to what we harvest on a given day. Thanks for being flexible! Here's a general list of what we harvest throughout the year:
Do I have to know how to farm?
All you need is a willing heart - we will teach you everything you need to know to help!
When is your season?
Our harvest activities for large groups begin in Mid-June and run through Mid-November. Some off-season opportunities may be available or special projects - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
How can I get more involved with the operation? I grew up on a farm and miss it!
We are actively searching for volunteers with farm and machinery experience to help with the "heavy lifting"! If you would like to get more involved, please visit our First Fruits Farmhands page.