Doko Farm loves our volunteers!  

The Big Event with UofSC
Doko Farm is a registered service site, for this day of volunteer work. Join us on April 4th, and help us get growing! Follow this link to sign up for The Big Event with UofSC. Bring work gloves, if you have them, and thank you for pitching in!

Volunteers needed for Richland County Ag & Art Tour
The first ever Richland County Ag and Art Tour will be held the weekend of June 29th and 30th! Doko Farm is proud to be a farm stop, on this free, multi-farm tour. To pull off an event this big, we are going to need the help of 24 fun-loving volunteers, like you! 

Sign-up with a friend! Pick your shift and choose your preferred volunteer job. We promise you a day full of farm fun, art, sunshine, being treated like the amazing person you are, warm fuzzies for doing a good deed, and our sincere gratitude. Plus, since the tour is spread over 2 days, you will have plenty of time to visit the other farms and artisans too! As we approach the tour date, we will keep you up to date with announcements, reminders, and volunteer perks.

Thank you for supporting small farms, local food, and the arts!

There are three volunteer shifts: 

Saturday, June 7th, 9:30am-1pm. 
Saturday, June 7th, 12:30pm-4pm
Sunday, June 8th, 12:45pm-5pm
Grab a friend, pick a shift and join the farm fun!

This is the 2019 volunteer link. A link for 2020 is coming soon!

Sign-up to volunteer for Richland County Ag and Art Tour at Doko Farm! 

Even more ways to volunteer!

Farming Volunteer Opportunities: Regardless of the time of year, there is always plenty to do at the farm! Current projects include building brooders, upgrading our Turkey Chateau, fencing additional areas for livestock, and clearing privet to make way for an edible forest garden. We are also looking for volunteers who would like to come out on a semi regular basis to help with general farm chores and animal care. Please email us for more information

Volunteers to Help with School Groups: Each year, we have school groups come out to the farm, to learn more about sustainable food production. We believe that teaching students the value of local and sustainable farming increases everyone's food security.  We ask that volunteers, who would like to help out with a school group, have volunteered with Doko Farm previously and are familiar with our farm and our sustainable practices.  Help local students be "Outstanding in their Field!"  Email Doko Farm to volunteer.

Who can volunteer? Anyone interested in getting their hands dirty and being involved with growing and raising local food is welcome! Both individuals, and families can spend part of their day volunteering at Doko Farm. Individuals under 16 years old are able to volunteer, alongside their parent/guardian.  

What type of time commitment is required? We ask for a minimum time commitment of 2 hours, though time commitments for events may vary. Volunteers can arrange to come out and help for just one day, or set-up something more regular, such as once a month. We are pretty flexible that way.

What will I be asked to do? Expect to be put to work! Volunteers can be asked to help with building animal shelters, moving poultry flocks, or working in the garden. Basically, you get to help with the day to day running of the farm. If there is something that you prefer to do (working with the garden vs. pasture-raised animals, for example), let us know when you arrange to come out to the farm. We will do our best to accommodate your interests. Some days we are able to pick and choose what we do, and some days there is a priority that needs our immediate attention.

What should I bring? Volunteers must wear enclosed shoes (fire ants!). We also recommend long pants to protect your legs and clothes that can get dirty. Work gloves are nice, if you have them. You may also want to bring water and a snack, especially if you will be spending more than just a couple of hours with us.

Are volunteers compensated for their time? While we are not able to offer monetary compensation to our volunteers, we do share the bounty from our kitchen garden. You may also take home a greater understanding of the work involved, in raising the food we eat, and a body that has benefited from fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Plus, there is the good karma and warm fuzzies that come along with doing a good deed.

Do you ever need volunteers to help with your awesome events? Yes! And volunteers that help with a specific event are able to attend that event at a discounted rate, or free! Check our workshop and event pages to see what we have available. Events and workshops require time commitments that may differ from the 2 hour minimum.

Great!  How do I become a volunteer? Send us an email. Please include your contact information (name, email, phone number), when you would like to volunteer (if you have a couple of options that helps), and anything else you think we should know. We appreciate hearing from you at least a week in advance. This allows us to better plan around when help will be available. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding that our days are full on the farm and we do not spend lots of time in front of our computer.

We look forward to sharing part of our day with you. Thank you!