Volunteer with Us This Season!
Oooooff. It’s been a long 3 years since we took a hard look at our obligations, activities, and relationships with folks around us. Yes, I’m talking about March 2020 – and now, it’s March 2023. So many of us are looking for meaningful ways to be involved in our local communities after many organizations halted volunteer programs. Here at PFM, we had volunteers throughout the past 3 years and continue to build up our volunteer program at all five of our markets!
When you step into a volunteer role at an organization, you often find community, through various ways. Whether it is through a bike shop, at a food pantry, or at your local farmers market, you’ll meet new people that usually have an interest in the organization’s mission.
Forming community at the Portland Farmers Market happens while sharing the first of the cherry tomatoes behind the info booth, determining the least-cumbersome way to load a hand cart with tables and canopies, or brainstorming with a shopper what to do with all the fennel before it goes bad.
Volunteers come to the Portland Farmers Market in the morning for a variety of reasons and leave at the end of their shift with a satisfied look on their faces after helping out shoppers, vendors and staff.
Here at the Portland Farmers Market, you are likely to find community and friends around food, open doors to opportunities you never imagined, and learn answers to questions you never thought might be asked!
You, our dear reader, may be wondering, ‘why haven’t I signed up to volunteer yet?!’
Good question! There are some great opportunities to get involved with the Portland Farmers Market in the next few weeks – we have volunteer opportunities for all of our markets – PSU Farmers Market, Shemanski Park Farmers Market, King Farmers Market, Kenton Farmers Market, and Lents International Farmers Market. Additionally, we have opportunities for volunteers to assist with token counting at the office, farmers market photographers and writers for blog posts.
This month we are hosting two events to gather with past and present volunteers and share information about Portland Farmers Market with new and potential volunteers! Scroll to the end of this post for more information on those events, or visit our volunteer page to fill our a Volunteer Interest Form.
PSU Farmers Market Volunteer Information Booth
When: Saturday, March 18th from 9am-2pm
Where: PSU Farmers Market, across from Groundwork Organics and next to Gee Creek Farm. Map can be found on our website here!
What: An informational booth for all folks that are interested in volunteering at any of our five farmers markets. You will have the opportunity to meet PFM staff, chat with current volunteers, and learn about the individual vibes of each of our markets!
Portland Farmers Market Volunteer Info Session and Mixer (RSVP here)
When: Thursday, March 30th from 6-7:30pm
Where: PFM office @ the Leftbank Building, 240 N Broadway Suite 129. Street parking is available and the office is very accessible by public transit
What: A focused information session for all markets, including a PSU Farmers Market orientation (required for PSU volunteers), and a mixer at Upright Brewing downstairs. Have a drink on us while chatting with market managers and other volunteers! This event is limited to 20 people.