Click the button below to view our registration calendar.
Scroll through each month to find a date that works for you and complete the online registration.
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email, as well as reminder emails before your day arrives so you are prepared for your session.
REGISTER EARLY...sessions fill up fast, especially Saturdays!
THE 2023 HARVEST SEASON IS HERE!
Join us and help feed hungry children and adults in Baltimore and beyond!
Volunteer Sessions run from July thru October
Tuesday - Saturday mornings
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(Select evening sessions are also available as noted on the calendar.)
TO REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER:
Is there an age requirement to volunteer?All ages are welcome! Please make sure you provide adequate supervision for any young children. There are lots of people and large farm equipment being used while you are in the fields and throughout the property, so we want to keep everyone safe. We encourage families to volunteer together at the Farm, and we understand that younger children may lose interest in tasks quicker than others, so the Farm also offers hands-on educational experiences for children of all ages. To learn more about these options, check out our Education page. Babies are best in a carrier (strollers can be challenging to navigate through the fields). After volunteering, please feel free to explore our nature trails, meet our animals, or chat with our team about the Farm!
How do I prepare for my volunteer session?Each participant must complete a liability waiver as part of the online registration process prior to arrival. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of your session. Dress farm-friendly and for the weather—expect to get dirty and wear layers (depending on the wind, it can get cool). Closed-toe shoes only—no sandals or flip flops please. Please bring a water bottle and work gloves (we will have drinking water available for you and refills in the fields too). No experience needed—we will provide on-the-job training! Come prepared with a heart to serve...all of the food that you harvest or the work that you do to care for the Farm while you are on site benefits people in need, each and every day.
What will we do on our volunteer day?The big question...our farmers survey our crops to determine the greatest needs each morning. There are many variables that contribute to what is harvested on any given day (weather, group size/age, crop status, distribution needs, etc.). Thank you for being flexible! We begin the day with a brief orientation in our Volunteer Pavilion where you learn more about the Farm's beginnings and how this ministry has grown through the years to bless those in need. From there, you either walk or take a wagon ride to your assigned volunteer area where our staff and volunteer leaders work right along side of you providing all of the instructions you need. Typically during the season, volunteers are needed to help in the fields harvesting crops and also assist with packaging the produce in bags and boxes for distribution. Whatever activity you participate in—100% of the produce harvested at First Fruits Farm each day is donated to the hungry in Jesus’ name…and has for over 20 years!
Where does the food go after we harvest it?100% of the Farm's produce (yes, all of it) is donated to those in need! The Farm has built a diverse network of now more than 100 distribution partners including food banks, shelters, schools, churches, pantries, and other food providers who serve communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Take a look at our distribution map and the our 2021 Distribution Partners here. If you or someone you know is need of food, contact 211 Maryland - 211 is a great resource to help you access basic services and support, and they will also assist in locating a food distribution site near you. Nonprofits can apply to join the Farm's distribution partner network by completing this online form.
Can we stay for lunch after we volunteer and what are some nearby options?You are welcome to bring your lunch and use the picnic tables in our pavilion. We also have nature trails that lead to a beautiful private meadow—bring a picnic blanket and eat there if you choose! (When you register, please leave us a note in the comments section if you would like to stay for lunch, especially if you have a large group.) Check out these local spots to order lunch: Old MacDonald Had a Farm Stand: Farm-fresh boxed lunches available for delivery, and they graciously donate 10% of purchases back to First Fruits Farm. Prettyboy Market: Stop here for delicious fried chicken, the “FFF Breakfast sandwich," and our favorite coffee cake! (410-357-4367) The Fill’Er Up: Awesome pizza and specials!
Are masks required?The Farm continues to follow CDC guidelines. Currently, masks are not required since we are outside, but you are certainly welcome to wear one at your discretion. We have plenty of room for social distancing - over 200 acres!
Additional Volunteer InfoHarvest activities are rain or shine - unless conditions are unsafe. If we have to cancel, we’ll email everyone registered as soon as a decision is made. We are happy to sign community service hour forms after your volunteer session with us. Bring your paperwork and find one of our staff or volunteer leaders (in the FFF shirts) for a signature. Consider signing up as a Field Captain for the day. We’ll give you a little extra training so that you can help on the wagons or in other specific jobs which makes the day run smoother for all.
Become part of the farm's Volunteer staff!
We are always looking for new Volunteer Staff to help our team keep First Fruits Farm running and productive—it takes a village!
Our Volunteer Staff serve at the Farm regularly and function in a variety of roles
to support the staff and operations.
Here are just a few examples of what you might do:
Lead volunteer groups in the fields.
Assist staff with crop and animal care.
Complete jobs around the property (maintenance, painting, etc.).
Become more deeply involved with the operations.
We also offer a team Bible Study on Saturday mornings that volunteer staff are welcome to join!
For more information or questions? Contact Us
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
- Philippians 4:8-9