Below are the various Squads for 2018 at VHF. We use squads to divide our wonderful volunteers based on areas of interest, skill set, and meeting the needs and tasks of Veterans Healing Farm. As a squad member, we will rely on your help. Your contribution to our farm is vital and the reliability of our squad members plays a key role in making sure we are able to accomplish tasks at the farm.
2018 VHF SQUADS:
- Saturday Morning Garden Squad - Monday Evening Garden Squad- VA Hospital Donation Squad- Medicinal Garden Squad- Rose Garden Squad- Events Squad- Sheep Squad- Bee Squad
*Saturday Morning Garden Squad - Meets Saturday mornings 9 am - 12 pm to help prepare, plant, and maintain the gardens. (Squad starts April 14th)
* Monday Evening Garden Squad - Meets Monday evenings from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm to help harvest, weigh, wash and pack up produce and flowers. (Squad will operate from June 25th - October 29th)
*VA Hospital Squad sets up and breaks down the "Free Farm Stand" held once a week at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. This squad will operate Tuesday morning, from the June 26th to October 30th. Squad members must be at the VA Hospital in Asheville at 7:45 AM and are typically done by 10 AM.
*Compass Rose Garden Squad is responsible for the maintenance, care, and harvest of the Compass Rose Garden. (Squad times TBD depending on volunteer interest)
*Medicinal Garden Squad is responsible for the planting, maintenance, care, and harvest of the medicinal herb garden as well as some projects for preparation of dried herbs, making tinctures, etc. (Squad times TBD depending on volunteer interest)
*Sheep Squad helps care for our 7 Romeldale CVM sheep (and one bunny). This will be a weekly commitment to refilling water, food, supplements, and general check-in. (Only 3 openings)
* Event Squad is responsible for working with the Board in the planning and execution of Veterans Healing Farm fundraisers, potlucks, farm tours, training boot camps, workshops, etc. (Squad times TBD depending on volunteer interest)
* Bee Squad is responsible for assessing the health, productivity, and wellbeing of five bee hives located at the Veterans Healing Farm. (Squad times TBD depending on volunteer interest)
WEATHER POLICY: Heavy rain cancels farm work days. We will work in misty weather or light rain, however.
CHILDREN POLICY: Children are welcome to the farm during squad meetings. However, please note that parents are responsible for children at all times and that there are dangers at the farm including electric fencing, a pond, a creek, and construction areas. Children should not be allowed to run free and unattended out of view from guardians.
DOG POLICY: Dogs are not allowed at the farm with the exception of registered service dogs.
WAIVER REQUIREMENT: Please print and sign the attached waiver form and bring it to the farm when you come to volunteer. There will be a folder on the kitchen counter of the blue shipping container where you can turn in your waiver.