We welcome groups of any size to volunteer with us!
Are you a Group Coordinator? Click the button below to choose a volunteer date for your team, church group, coworkers, school, scout troop, or other community organization.
Are you looking for our Liability Wavier? Group coordinators, check your confirmation email - a special link to our digital waiver was included there, just for your specific volunteer session, and should be set out to everyone coming with your group. If you are a volunteer, ask your group coordinator for the link.
Every year, thousands of volunteers from all over Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Seaboard come to First Fruits Farm in Freeland, Maryland to get their hands dirty and harvest produce. It's the real deal - we work hard picking tomatoes, potatoes, apples, corn... whatever is currently in season. Bring your church group, coworkers, school group, scout troop, or other community organization for a unique and rewarding experience that brings people together and serves people in need. on-site volunteering runs from early spring-late fall.
GROUP VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
We would love to have your group come harvest in the fields with us!
- 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 a Group Coordinator, you will receive an email with a special link to our liability waiver. Forward this link to everyone in your group so that they can complete their own waiver in advance. Last minute additions to your group may sign a waiver on site, but we ask that you try to get all waivers completed before arrival.
- Everyone who signs up to volunteer will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email with details about your volunteer day.
FAQ's about volunteering, directions to the farm, and more information can be found here, on our website. A follow up email will be sent with details specific to your volunteer day(s). You may be contacted by phone with last minute details related to weather, harvest information, location updates, etc.
Each participant needs to complete a signed liability waiver. Once online registration is completed, Group Coordinators will receive a special link to send to their group so that they can complete this waiver online.
Dress for the weather, expecting to get dirty. No sandals or flip flops. We provide gloves, drinking water, and on-the-job training. Most folks feel like they have had a full day at the farm after about 3 hours in the fields.
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 8:30 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. 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 - see our volunteer calendar to choose a date that works for you!
Every volunteer must sign our liability waiver. Group coordinators - choose your volunteer date and give us information about your group upon registration. We'll email you a special link to our liability waiver that you will send out to everyone in your group.
“I'm so glad we could volunteer our time to help! ” — A.B.
“Every moment on the farm was filled with God's glory. From nature to harvest. The staff made my new experiences with picking corn and potatoes so easy. It was truly a blessing to hear and know about the great works of First Fruits Farm. The presence of God shows through the people and the product.” — P.B.
“ Fulfilling service opportunity!”
“Our company came here for a day of service and had a wonderful time! As someone who works in the health and wellness field and has a passion for fresh, local food and giving back, I enjoyed everything about my experience with Fresh Fruits Farm. I can't wait to come back...and bring my church!” — P.B.
Organizations that have volunteered at first Fruits Farm:
Ascension Lutheran | Boys Latin School |Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts | Brown Advisory | Camp Ha Bonim
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
Cedar Grove UMC
Christian Temple at Catonsville
Deep Run 4H
Eternal Blessings Home Schoolers
Future Farmers of America
Gunpowder Baptist Church
Hereford High School
Johns Hopkins University
Kingdom Builders Church
Living Waters Catholic Community
Local individuals and families
Loyola Blakefield High School
McCormick & Co., Inc.
MGI PharmaceuticalsMid Atlantic Gleaning Network
Notre Dame Prep School
Our Lady of Grace Church
People to People Ambassadors
Proctor & Gamble
Reisterstown United Methodist Church
River Valley Ranch
Single Volunteers of Balt./Annapolis
St. James Academy and Church
St. John’s Catholic
St. John’s UCC
St. Paul’s School
St. Pius X
St. Xavier High School
Stout, Causey & Horning, P.A.
Trinity Assembly of God
Trinity Lutheran Church
United Way of Central Maryland
Valley Presbyterian Church
Westminster Rescue Mission
William Paca School
York Catholic Harvest Food Pantry