Real Food Farm extends an open invitation to all volunteers to come help at our farm sites. Any day’s project may include planting, weeding, invasive species removal, hoophouse construction, compost spreading, bed preparation, fruit tree planting, and lots more. Be sure to bring a water bottle, close-toed shoes, and work clothes. No need to RSVP for groups of five or fewer, but feel free to contact volunteer@civicworks.com with any questions or to confirm the day’s schedule. If you’d like to bring a group of five or more, please read on for details about how to arrange a group visit.

Please check our calendar to confirm the volunteer day schedule and visit our contact page for farm locations. Please note that we will take a break from hosting volunteer days at Perlman Place during the months of November, December, January and February. Once the weather becomes more hospitable, we’ll invite everyone back out – keep checking our calendar for updates!

*Also, during inclement weather, Real Food Farm follows the Baltimore City Public School schedule, so be sure to check our Facebook page for any last minute delays or cancellations of open volunteer hours.*

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Tips for volunteers

  • Please bring a water bottle, wear close-toed shoes, and come dressed to work.
  • We work rain or shine, except during severe weather such as lightning or heat advisories, in which case we will relocate into indoor spaces when possible until the conditions are safe.
  • Families are welcome as long as parents are able to monitor their children while they work. Students under 15 completing required service learning hours are welcome to attend with a parent. All youth under 18 need a parent signature on a waiver before volunteering.
  • Volunteers will meet under the pavilion to get prepped for projects.
  • Individuals do not need to sign up – just show up!

Group Guidelines

Real Food Farm is happy to arrange special volunteer events for groups. We have hosted churches, offices, universities, and community organizations to complete a wide array of projects.

If you would like to schedule a weekday volunteer event for your group, get in touch with us by completing our Volunteer Group Application at least 10 days in advance of the requested date. Saturdays can fill up quickly, so it’s best to plan in advance! For groups of five or more coming on both weekdays and Saturdays we ask for a donation to cover materials and staff time. Please ask our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Special group projects

We can accommodate special requests for specific projects or activities and larger groups that have a budget to allot towards a project- just contact us with your idea by submitting a Volunteer Group Application.

Service learning opportunities

Real Food Farm hosts many groups for service learning visits. This is for groups that are too large for our open volunteer or are looking for a more educational experience. Service learning projects are three hours long and include an orientation and tour of the farm and debrief exercise at the end of the event. Please read more about Service Learning Opportunities here.

Volunteers with Technical Expertise

We have strong partnerships with many local professionals, graduate students, and other talented individuals, including carpenters, environmental engineers, landscape architects, educators, graphic designers, artists, and more. If you have particular skills or expertise that you would like to offer Real Food Farm, please contact us at volunteer@civicworks.com to explore the possibilities.

Volunteer Education Docents

Are you interested in supporting youth as they explore the food system? We’d love your help! Education Docents help with Real Food Farm’s two-hour field trips, engaging pre-schoolers to college students in tours of the farm. As a docent, you’ll receive training on all tour stops around the farm and be added to an outreach list of people willing to commit to helping with upcoming field trips; docents are asked to assist with at least one field trip per month. Note that all adults working with youth at Real Food Farm must undergo background checks. Please contact rffeducation@civicworks.com for more details.

Download Waivers

Particularly if you are bringing a group of volunteers, please download and print out one waiver per person ahead of time.

Civic Works Volunteer Liability Waiver

Civic Works Spanish Waiver

You can also submit your waiver using our online form at http://civicworksinc.formstack.com/forms/waiver.


For directions to the farm, click here. Then, find a farmer (we usually wear Real Food Farm t-shirts for easy ID) and we’ll help you sign-in and get started!

Volunteer Safety

Urban soils can contain pollutants related to the land’s former use. We are continually testing for soil contamination and will keep volunteers safe by encouraging cultural practices that limit soil ingestion. We provide hand-washing stations through the farm and supply all volunteers with a pair of gloves while on the farm. Feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.

Inclement Weather

We prepare to work rain or shine and rarely cancel volunteer days, but will announce any closures on our Facebook page and remove them from our calendar, as well as notify any groups that are pre-registered for the day. Volunteer days at Real Food Farm may be cancelled in any of the following cases:
1. If the weather is below 20 degree Fahrenheit, including windchill
2. If there is a heat advisory or Code Red in effect
3. If Baltimore City Schools are closed due to snowy/bad weather
4. If a State of Emergency is in effect in Baltimore City