How Fragile …
How Strong …
A Caring Message
From Meetinghouse Farm
As we face our common challenges
at this difficult time, may we support one another
with strength, kindness, and compassion.
The Farm grounds are open for walking
with recommended distancing.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated
refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn
comes after night and spring after winter.
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day
is another. The difference between them
is sometimes as great as a month.
Henry Van Dike
In the spring at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want – oh you don’t quite know what it is you want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Behold my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of their love.
Learn more about our volunteer possibilities!
“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers”
-- Everett Mamor
As Meetinghouse Farm prepares for the 2020 growing season, we want to acknowledge the work of our volunteers and highlight the essential role that volunteers play in the Farm’s success.
and Mechanical Wizards
Veggie Foster Parents
Incredible Hulks and Hulkettes
Wanna Be Florists
Creative Program Planners
Please contact us if you would like to discuss volunteer possibilities or arrange a personal tour of the Farm.
Volunteer tasks range from raking and pruning autumn leaves to maintaining the Farm’s growing mailing list. Volunteers may make a long-term commitment such as caring year-round for the herb garden, or commit to a short -term task such as baking an apple pie for the annual pre-Thanksgiving Pie Sale. Whatever your skills or schedule there’s a task for you!
Because the Farm promotes horticultural and agricultural education, many volunteers report they learn new skills as part of their volunteer experience. Whether helping “hands-on” by planting a new variety of lettuce or hosting a local food expert. There is always more to be learned.
Maintenance and improvement of the Farm is a challenging responsibility for volunteers. The Farm has a history of collaboration with organizations and community service programs for large labor –intensive tasks. The adage “many hands make light work” certainly applies when residing a barn, removing acres of invasive bittersweet or installing new gardens.
Happiness research indicates that volunteer service builds personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose. If you love to “dig in the dirt” you also know that gardening provides a multitude of physical, emotional and spiritual rewards. Whether weeding while hawks circle overhead, talking plants with a Master Gardener, or savoring quiet moments unplugged from a high tech world, volunteers report they are nourished by their time “down on the farm.”
Volunteers are essential for every aspect of the Farm’s operation. The skills, schedules and personalities of our volunteers are diverse and each unique contribution is valued. The Farm really is made possible because of a community of volunteers who care deeply about the Farm’s mission and goals. A famous Gibran quote says, ”Work is love made visible.” Never more true, than in the work of committed volunteers.