Volunteer Opportunities

Barn Cleaning

We need volunteers to help clean the barn and stalls, and help with any small projects we may have that day at our sanctuary in Lindstrom, MN. Barn cleaning occurs every Saturday morning at 10:00.  Cleaning typically lasts about  two hours – although there are often opportunities to work longer if you want!

Everyone above the age of 12 is welcome to assist with barn cleaning. 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. You must be able to engage in moderate physical activity. E-mail us at [email protected] or message on us social media by the end of Friday prior to the Saturday you will attend to let us know that you are planning to come.

There is no prior training or minimum time commitment required to assist with barn cleaning. You can help once or on a regular basis.

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 2-3 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 first complete an application (click here) and participate in a brief phone interview. If selected to be an Animal Care Volunteer, you will be scheduled to attend an Animal Care Training, which are held every third Saturday morning at 9:00 (see the Volunteer Calendar for dates) and shadow a trained employee at least three times  before being eligible to sign up for 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 will be asked to attend a refresher training prior to signing up for an independent shift.

Event Volunteers

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.