Farm Animal Care
We need volunteers to assist with caring for our residents during farm opening and closing at our sanctuary in Lindstrom, MN. Tasks include letting out or closing in the residents, feeding (feed & hay distribution), stall cleaning, refreshing residents’ water, and observing animal behavior / health for potential problems. Opening and closing tasks typically take 2 hours.
Farm Animal Care volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. You must be comfortable working with large farm animals (e.g., cows and pigs); prior farm animal experience is not required, but is beneficial. Finally, Farm Animal Care volunteers must be reliable – the health and well-being of our residents depends on it!
Farm Animal Care volunteers must attend an Animal Care Training, which are held Saturday mornings at 9:30 (see the Volunteer Calendar to sign up) and shadow a trained employee 2-3 times (to be arranged with Kelly or Shannon at Animal Care Training) before signing up for independent shifts. After you are trained, you can sign up for regular (e.g., weekly) shifts or be available as needed. If you go several months without a shift, you may be asked to attend a refresher training prior to signing up for an independent shift.
We offer public tours on Tuesdays at 11 am and Saturdays at 11 and 3 during summer / fall months. Please email us at [email protected] if you are interested in serving as a tour guide. Tour guides must be 18 or older, have volunteered with Farmaste previously, be comfortable loosely following a script in which you will share our residents’ stories and facts about farm animals and their lives, and be able to enforce safety guidelines for guests and residents.
Events at the farm will have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities! Please keep an eye out on social media and our website for specifics about Event Volunteer opportunities. You can also e-mail us at [email protected] to express your interest in being an Event Volunteer. Event Volunteers must be 12 or older. Those between 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult; those between 16-18 must have a waiver signed by a parent on file.
Work Day Volunteers
Work Days will be posted on our website and social media. Work Days will be scheduled for larger tasks around the farm (e.g., spring clean-up; fence building / repair, etc.). Everyone above the age of 12 is welcome to assist with work days. Those between 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult; those between 16-18 must have a waiver signed by a parent on file. The physical requirements will vary by task and the level of activity required will be posted for each work day.
There is no prior training or minimum time commitment required to assist with work days.
Your Unique Skills!
If you have professional or other skills that you would like to contribute to Farmaste (e.g., photography, graphic design, web design, fundraising, writing, etc.) – please contact us at [email protected] We would love to discuss how your talents can be put to use.