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Laurence 

Teacher and Farmer

You can find me helping around at Laurel Glen Farm in Shelton, Connecticut. I am passionate about growing food, working with farmers, and the environment.

 

About Farm as a Friend CT

Hi There! My name is Laurence. I'm a volunteer farmer and full-time teacher. I'm hoping this website helps you find the right place to impact and take action to support the people that grow our food, farmers, quality food production, and the environment.

 

Regenerative Farming is one of the most potent means for reducing and reversing carbon emissions, making tastier food, and making farming more profitable.

Although it might not seem like a lot, volunteering or working on a farm is a small step anyone can make to start helping farmers make the shift towards regenerative practices.

Regenerative Farming and Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration means removing carbon from the atmosphere. One easy way this is done is through regenerative farming practices such as composting. Using regenerative farming practices to help the environment is also known as regenerative agriculture. This means healthy soil and farming actually takes carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it in the ground! 

Farming alone is a hard job that pays very little. To help farms make smarter and more sustainable decisions, community members can volunteer and support farmers with daily tasks on the farm. Having an extra 5-10 minutes of free time can give Farmers the much-needed headspace to farm effectively.

 

Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer on a Farm

Below are my tops 5 reasons for volunteering on a farm.

 

1. Earn fresh and tasty food

Many farmers are generous people who always want to share their bounty with community members in exchange for time spent on the farm. After a morning on the farm, you may walk away with freshly harvested tomatoes, maybe a handful of red kale, a white peach, or some other interesting fruit or veggie you worked with earlier that day. It isn't 100% free, but the fruits and vegetables are often delicious, and farmers have great recipes to share too!

2. Build community

Farming and putting your hands in the soil provides volunteers with the unique opportunity to connect with the people who grow their community's food. Being a part of a larger community that grows food for others can be a deeply fulfilling experience.

3. Spend more time outdoors

One of the most appreciated benefits of volunteering on a farm is spending more time outside. Being out in the sun and breathing fresh air can be a great way to clear the mind, center oneself, and overall feel better.

4. Farming is rewarding

Farming is challenging but allows you to be a part of the beautiful process of making food from the land. After hours of weeding and seeding in the hot sun or rain, it is a magical experience digging up large russet potatoes or eating fresh bell peppers that flourished in your nurturing sight.

5. Farming is educational 

Lastly, the best way to learn about farming, taking care of plants and animals, the environment, and general farm knowledge is, you guessed it, by working on a farm. On a farm, you get to see firsthand how broccoli sprouts from a large flower, how a compost pile will steam even on a cold winter day, what kinds of plants grow each season, and how farmers manage to grow food in spite of unpredictable weather, pest, and disease.

For more reasons to volunteer on a farm click here.