Background: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 28 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

Scop of Volunteer Work: The New Roots farm volunteer will support refugee farmers who are earning income through their small farming business. Volunteers will assist with a very wide variety of tasks on the farm and will be supervised by a member of the IRC New Roots team or directly by the farmers who are present at the time of a volunteer shift. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planting
  • Harvesting and washing vegetables for wholesale orders
  • Weighing, labeling, and packing vegetables
  • Weeding various areas of farm
  • Miscellaneous farmer assistance (vegetable transport, hoeing, pest management, etc)
  • Clean up debris/trash around farm site
  • Tidy and sanitize wash station and/or walk-in cooler
  • Fence maintenance and repair
  • Winterize farm (October-November, includes dismantling irrigation, removing row cover and black plastic, organizing and taking inventory of farm supplies, etc)

Requirements

  • Ability to work in varying temperatures and weather conditions
  • Ability to perform hard physical labor, including lifting 50 lbs, squatting, bending for long periods of time, pulling and pushing.
  • Background check required
  • Both farm volunteer opportunities are located at Wheadon Farm (“Garden of Wheadon” in Google maps): 310 13800 S, Draper, UT 84020

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires all volunteers who are interested in providing in-person support for our work to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be onboarded for the position. If proof of vaccine cannot be provided, volunteers may still apply for virtual-only roles.

Start date:

Thursdays: May 19th and ongoing from that date

Sundays: July 3rd and ongoing from that date

Shift Options

Thursdays 10-5pm

Sundays 12-5pm

We ask that volunteers come for a 2-hour minimum at any time in the windows above.

If Thursdays or Sundays don’t work for you, please check out the flexible Barter With a Farmer opportunity on our website: https://newrootsslc.org/barter-with-a-farmer

Please note that New Roots staff will NOT be on site for the Sunday volunteer shift. Farmers will be directly managing volunteers. New Roots will provide a training to farmers prior to the season to make sure they are equipped for this role. Staff can provide an orientation during the week for any volunteers interested in coming to the farm over the weekend. We will review farm rules and food safety at this time and volunteers can meet farmers before their first shift.

Training

New Roots will send out an email with important information prior to the first volunteer shift and will be on site during Thursday work days to provide any additional information and answer questions.

Next Steps

Attend a general volunteer orientation, you can sign up for that here: https://signup.com/go/FVjFCTJ

After attending the general volunteer orientation, passing background check, and submitting all required paperwork, sign up for a farm volunteer shift through the following link: https://signup.com/go/nQqGgtt