Volunteering at the Farms

Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers during a winter squash harvest at Erickson Fields

Most of our volunteers work in the summer, but there are opportunities available year round.

Please call 236-2739 or email for more information.

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You must be 18 or older to volunteer on your own.

Youth (ages 10 to 17) may volunteer, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Some activities are a better fit for young volunteers than others. After you submit your application, we will contact you to help you select the best activity.

SELECT YOUR VOLUNTEER PROJECT(S) BELOW

We have a growing menu of volunteer opportunities. Check the boxes beside the project(s) that spark your interest! After you submit your application, we will be in touch with more information.

Volunteer at a Calf Unveiling Day or Beltie Holiday

Each spring Aldermere Farm presents the new calves during CALF UNVEILING DAY. Visitors are invited to see the newborns and learn more about the farm, land conservation, and agriculture. BELTIE HOLIDAY event takes place at Aldermere Farm annually as part of Christmas by the Sea in Camden and Rockport. The public is invited to don their most festive (or ugliest) holiday sweaters and bring a camera to have their photos taken with a Belted Galloway calf.
Check in attendees, share farm history, answer attendees’ questions about the farm and Aldermere herd. (Schedule a shift for one hour or longer on the first Saturday in May, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Check in attendees, take photos, lead craft activities (Schedule a shift for one hour or longer on the first Saturday in December, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Volunteer for Kids Can Grow at Erickson Fields (May - Oct.)

Families with kids (ages 7-12) learn together about growing food using the square foot gardening method. A five session course once a month from May – September. Volunteers play key roles and make this program possible! There are several ways you can be involved as a volunteer.
Mentor families starting their home gardens. We will provide mandated reporter training and require a background check. (One home visit each month May-September)
Assist with Group Activities. (Third Wednesday in May, then first Wednesday each month June-October)
Help with various tasks including sorting seeds, bagging soil and compost, and cutting wood at Erickson Fields. (We'll contact you to schedule times to do this.)
Help transport gardening materials including lumber and buckets of soil to families’ homes. (Schedule one day or more in late May)

Volunteer for 4-H and Farm Hands at Aldermere Farm (Year-round)

The Aldermere Achievers is MCHT’s 4-H Club (in partnership with Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension) for youth ages 12-18, which is mainly a beef club where participants lease a calf, halter train it, and then show it at shows throughout New England. Farm Hands is the premier program for youth ages 10-18 at Aldermere Farm where participants work with the young Belted Galloway calves learning to halter train, groom, and lead them.
Assist with teaching youth (ages 10-18) how to halter train Belted Galloway calves. We will provide training, including mandated reporter training, and require a background check. (School Year schedule: 3:30-5:00 PM, Mondays & Wednesdays | Summer schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

Volunteer for the Teen Agriculture Program at Erickson Fields (June - Oct.)

A teen social entrepreneurial program where a work crew of teens grow food to donate to local food pantries (spring, summer, and fall). Volunteers help us increase our production capacity and support for hunger-relief initiatives.
Join this group of volunteers every Tuesday from 9:00 am to noon to harvest, wash, and pack produce for food pantries June - October.
Water, weed, plant, harvest garden beds and build new raised beds. Must be able to work independently. We will contact you to schedule times to volunteer June - October.
Deliver produce from Erickson Fields Preserve to a food pantry on a weekly or monthly basis, June - October. A vehicle and valid drivers license are required.

Volunteer for Trail Maintenance (Year-round)

Regularly walk your favorite trail(s) and remove branches or trash, and report to farm staff any “rule violations.” You make your own schedule!
Foot trail (0.2 miles) through the woods to an overlook of Lily Pond. The trailhead is beside the Chestnut Street sign on Russell Ave in Rockport.
Foot trail (0.4 miles) through the woods to a rocky beach and a view of Rockport Harbor. The trailhead on Calderwood Lane in Rockport across from the Megunticook Golf Club.
A family- and dog-friendly 1.4-mile trail that loops through field and forest and a 0.7-mile trail that spurs off the loop trail and connects to Coastal Mountains Land Trust's trail to Beech Hill Preserve. The trailhead is located at the Erickson Fields Preserve's parking lot.
Tell us a little about yourself. Please share any interests, hobbies, skills, and work/volunteer experience you have that relate to the volunteer opportunities that you selected above. What do you hope to get out of volunteering for MCHT?
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