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Farmers Markets Need Volunteers

by Borderstan.com — July 23, 2010 at 7:24 am 0

Plums. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A  Time.

A couple weeks ago I was at the Dupont Farmers Market buying some plums, and I overheard the most odd conversation. A woman, a mother, was talking to the proprietor of a market stand and she was asking him if they needed any farm aides.

I’m sorry… what? That’s right: farm aides. By the way, isn’t the traditional term, farm hand?

The woman wanted to know if the guy had a program where she could bring her kid to do work on the farm for the summer. He said “no,” and she went on her way.

But the exchange got me thinking about how en vogue farms and farming are right now. I mean, even the DC food bloggers did a trip out to Eco Farms in Lanham, MD, to volunteer some labor and time.

Heirloom Tomatoes. (Alejandra Owens)

Let’s say you want to help out the farmers’ markets and the local farming community, but don’t want to spend a day plowing or cleaning livestock barns. What are your options?

Fresh Farms Markets, purveyors of the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, need volunteers to help them survey market customers. Through the rest of July and early August, you can help conduct four-question surveys at markets across the city (and in some cases VA and MD).

You can find details  on their Facebook page or you can email them about volunteer opportunities at [email protected] You won’t get dirt under you fingernails, but you will help the cause of bringing locally grown healthy food to DC.

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