MSU Tollgate Farm New Volunteer Interest and Orientation Meeting

April 12, 2021
7 - 8 p.m. EST

Zoom login information will be provided in the confirmation email after registration.

Join MSU Tollgate Farm staff and current volunteers to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at the farm. During this Zoom meeting, participants will learn about what volunteer projects are available and how to complete the process for becoming a volunteer. This meeting is open to the public and we encourage individuals of all ages, physical abilities, interest level, and skill level to attend. There is something for everyone at MSU Tollgate Farm. The MSU Tollgate team wants to learn about the skills, talents, and interests of our community members. The farm provides a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for people to be a part of something bigger than themselves. 

The farm supports volunteer opportunities for the following groups:

  • Master Gardeners
  • High school students needing volunteer hours for graduation
  • College students needing volunteer hours for an internship
  • Eagle Scouts and other scouting groups
  • Corporate and non-profit volunteer programs and groups
  • Conversation Stewards
  • Court appointed community service

The farm has the following project areas where we need volunteers:

  • Horticulture & Gardening
  • Grounds and facility maintenance such as mulching, mowing, painting, weeding, etc.
  • Organic vegetable production
  • Skilled trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc.
  • Administrative and office work
  • Outdoor and agricultural youth education
  • Maple sugaring
  • Event support and set-up
  • Career speakers and youth mentors
  • Horse training and care
  • Apple orchard care
  • 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club Leaders

What is MSU Tollgate Farm?

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi, MI provides 4-H non-formal educational programming for youth, adults, families, schools, and groups, offering them the unique opportunity to experience agriculture hands-on in an urban environment. 160 acres of pastures, fields, forest, and pond provide an exceptional location for learning to take place. Using research-based curriculum and methods, MSU Tollgate instructors lead visitors in exploring the farm and the natural world, encourage appreciation for locally grown food, and assist schools in meeting educational standards. All too often children grow up thinking food comes from a grocery store or community members do not have essential information to make decisions related to environmental issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues and the financial need of our audience is greater than ever. By providing experiential learning, we hope to connect people to land, water, and food and create stronger, healthier communities even in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Carmen Hamilton at hamil466@msu.edu.