Tried Farming? Volunteer to Plant or Pick.

picking tomato

The Northfield Area United Way is asking for volunteers to help down on the farm – Seeds Farm, that is. Volunteers will help cultivate crops that are offered to low-income residents at a minimal cost — or free.

Last year the volunteer effort helped Seeds Farm, located at the southern edge of Northfield, deliver fresh produce to the Community Action Center’s food shelf and local neighborhoods at Martes en el Parque (Tuesdays in the Park) family events, put on by Growing Up Healthy throughout the summer.

Rebecca Carlson, manager of Seeds Farm, asks for a minimum time commitment of three days for three hours between the end of May and the end of September so volunteers develop the skills necessary to contribute. She trains volunteers to help with tasks from planting and weeding to harvesting and delivering food – all of which is grown sustainably. Last year about 20 volunteers helped at the farm through the United Way effort.

To sign up or learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact the Northfield Area United Way, 507-664-3510 or

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