Join Our Community!

There are heaps of ways to get involved with the Farm. With regular volunteering, holiday programs and events, there is something for everyone!



 

Volunteering

 

The Farm relies on a hardy troupe of volunteers to help keep animals and plants healthy and happy, and to contribute in many ways to the ongoing operation of the Farm and its activities.

Please note: It is now compulsory for all volunteers to have a current Working with Children Check. Volunteer applications are free. Click here to apply.

There is an all day car park next door. It costs $12 for the day.

Volunteer in the Gardens

Time:  Tuesdays 1.30-4pm during term times.

Contact: Anita, volunteer@farm.org.au

If you are a keen gardener and would like to help out in our many gardens, please contact Anita to book your space. (you will need a current working with childrens check). There is no fee for joining this program

Corporate Volunteering Opportunities

Contact: Anita, volunteer@farm.org.au
Time:  Normal hours are listed below (other times can be neotiated)

  • 10am - 1pm

  • 10am - 3pm

  • 1pm - 4pm


    Volunteer activity details: Volunteers assist with Farmer’s Market set-up, including placing straw bales out for seating, setting up signage, trestles, umbrellas, recycling stations and the Farm’s own produce stall. Harvesting produce for the Farm Stall is seasonal and may involve harvesting fruit, picking veggies and flowers, packaging seeds and/or dried herbs. This happens on the second Friday of the month.
    Volunteer activity details: Volunteers assist with land care/gardening depending on the time of the year. Includes weeding (usually weeds are then fed to the animals), mulching, planting, harvesting, watering and building pathways in the gardens. This happens any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. 
    What to wear and bring: We ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat and waterproof jacket, as the weather is always changing.
    Lunch: Volunteers are required to bring their own lunch and water bottles. Alternatively, lunch can be purchased at the Farm Cafe or the Convent bakery.
    What is the Collingwood Children's Farm? The Collingwood Children's Farm is a not-for-profit community organisation working to connect city people with land, animals, farm life and community. It is a farm where people come together around animals, chores and activities. Children and young people develop life skills in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

Supported Volunteering Program

Supported volunteer applications are currently closed; this Farm funded program is at full capacity.

Please visit our website throughout the year for updated information. 

Collingwood Children’s Farm’s Supported Volunteer Program engages children and adults, many of whom face barriers to community engagement and future employment, including:

•                    Intellectual and/or physical disabilities

•                    Behavioural and emotional disorders

•                    Mental illness

•                    Substance abuse

•                    Trauma backgrounds

•                    Communication barriers

•                    School refusal

While our partnering schools and service-providers deliver comprehensive academic and inclusive programs, they have identified a need in the student/participant cohort for a community based, skills focused educational program.  Volunteers at Collingwood Children’s Farm take part in meaningful experiences that build skills, relationships and connectedness and that increase the motivation to be at school, participate and be proud of their achievements.  Volunteers attend individually or as part of a school/service-provider coordinated group and complete a wide range of tasks around the property.

Please note:

ALL adult volunteers require a valid Working with Children’s Check.    

  • All volunteers must complete a CCF Volunteer Agreement and agree to be bound by the conditions and policies contained therein.

  • All individual volunteers must complete the online CCF OH&S induction (or be accompanied by a support worker who has completed the online induction). 

  • All volunteer groups must be must be accompanied by at least one teacher/aide/support worker etc who has completed the online CCF OH&S induction.

  • Volunteers aged 16-17 require written parental consent; CCF is unable to accept volunteers aged <16.

Very few tasks involve working directly with animals.  Most work involves cleaning, maintaining and/or building enclosures, paddocks, gardens, facilities and/or equipment. 

Collingwood Children’s Farm is an independent not-for-profit organisation and is not funded to provide support workers.  All individual volunteers must be able to attend their CCF placement with complete independence or provide their own, ongoing support worker(s).

To make an enquiry, please contact Steve at community@farm.org.au

Work Experience

Collingwood Children’s Farm offers work experience placements to School, TAFE, University, VCAL and VET students. 

  • Please note that students must be aged over 15 years and 9 months.

Work experience students can expect to complete a wide range of animal husbandry and farmhand tasks around the property, working alongside the Farm Operations team.

Placements run Monday to Friday for a minimum of 5 consecutive days – please note that work experience placements are not available on the weekend. 

Work experience placements are always in very high demand so, to avoid disappointment, please book well in advance. 

To make an enquiry, please contact Anita at volunteer@farm.org.au 


 

Programs for Kids!

 
 

School Holiday Program

 
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‘Be A Farmer for a Day’

is a one-day paid  program.  It is similar group to our Young Farmers Program, but it is open to everyone between the ages of 10-16 years.  Like the Young Farmers, kids get to help with the cows, ride the horses, help with the guinea pig cuddles and looking after the guinea pigs, gardening, maintenance around the Farm, plus feeding and looking after the animals.  Limited to 12 children a day, it means everyone can have a go and try their hand at jobs they are interested in.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday 9th April, Thursday 11th April

Tuesday 16th April, Thursday 18th April

Please note: There are still spaces available for each day!

To make a booking for the ‘Be a Farmer for the Day, please contact our reception by phone 94175806 or email reception@farm.org.au, and they will send you the information and forms required to finalise your booking.

For other activities on the Farm, please check out the ‘Plan Your Day’ or ‘Up and Coming Events’ on our website!

Moo, Poo and Stories Too!

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday 9th and 16th April

In the morning, following an interactive story activity, young writers will be treated to a tour of the farm and will be introduced to some of the animals that call it home. Along the way we’ll be pausing to write some short stories from the perspective of the animals that we meet, together learning more about what it takes to write great characters, and find a character’s voice.

Although it’s still important young writers BYO their own lunch and snacks, there will be an opportunity to also make a small pizza in the farm’s wood fired oven. 

In the afternoon we’ll be expanding on some of the characters we developed throughout the morning and crafting grass roots stories during our mini-writers residency in the farm cottage.  

‘Click Here’ for more information, or ‘Here’ to book a space in the Young Writers’ Holiday Program at the Farm.

 

Young Farmers Program

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The Young Farmers Program has been going so long we now have the second generation of young farmers teaching the third generation!

Open to anyone between the ages of 8 and 16 who is a resident in the City of Yarra.  The program gives people an opportunity to learn things like animal care and handling, gardening, cooking, horse riding, and guinea pig cuddling (most people seem to need a lot of practice with this!).

The program runs on either a Saturday, or a Sunday, three days of each month during the school terms.  

To get involved, participants need to email the Farm Manager at reception@farm.org.auor call on 9417 5806 to organise an interview for themselves and their parent/carer.  There is an annual cost and parents/carers are required to contribute by volunteering at times during the year.


Garden Plots

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There is an active Community Garden on the banks of the river. It has been running since 1979 and was one of the first community gardens to open in Melbourne.

Traditionally it has been very popular and at times had a very long waiting list. At present however it is under review, as plans for works on the Farm may mean some plots will need to move or be vacated for a time. There are costs involved.

 Please contact the manager at reception@farm.com.au for more information.


Learn About the Bees

Have you ever wanted to look inside a beehive, watch beekeepers open hives, or even don a protective bee suit to help them do this?

Are you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping? Perhaps you already keep bees or are considering becoming a beekeeper.

Do you wish to learn more about the importance of honey bees for our food security?

Then our apiary may be just the place for you to visit. 

It is open on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 10:30 to 3:30, except during winter when it is only open on the fourth Sunday. (In 2018 it will be open on 16th December in lieu of 23rd December).

Entry is free.

To reach the apiary, go to the end of St Heliers St, Abbotsford and go through the main entrance to the Farm precinct. At the Capital City path turn right and walk approx. 300 metres along it. The apiary can also be reached along the Capital City path from a westerly direction.

The apiary is jointly managed by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and the Victorian Apiarists’ Association Melbourne Section.

If you wish to book a ticket to join the beekeepers at the hive openings, then email a request to collingwoodbees@gmail.com
If you wish to learn more about our apiary, go to www.facebook.com/collingwood.bees

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Riding for the Disabled Australia (R.D.A)

Riding for the Disabled runs from this venue. 

As we have a long waiting list, if you are interested in joining as a rider, you will need to contact the RDA headquarters directly to register you interest at www.rdav.asn.au. Help People with a Disability Learn to Ride Horses with  the RDA

The Collingwood branch of the RDA uses our horses and facilities to run sessions for their clients.  They are often looking for committed volunteers with Horse experience to help with the horses and/or the riders.

Sessions run Tuesday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday evenings through school terms 1, 2 and 4.

More information can be obtained from their website at www.rdav.asn.au/centres/collingwood/  

Email:  rdacollingwood@gmail.com

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Join Our Committee of Management

The Farm has been run by a volunteer Committee of Management since the early 1980s.  They give selflessly of their time and expertise. Expectations are that the members are able to commit to monthly meetings, be a member of a subcommittee, and able to support the Farm practically on some of our fundraiser days and Farmer’s Market days.

Interested people must be a current financial member of the Farm ($15). For more information please contact the manager, on reception@farm.org.au