The farm was a lifesaver
I’m currently the caretaker at River Road Farm but I’ve worked for Garden City Harvest for four seasons and was a volunteer for five seasons before that.
When I moved to Missoula almost 10 years ago, I was admittedly a bit lost. I had a job but didn’t really know anyone in town, and it was actually a pretty lonely time.
I heard about the Volunteer for Veggies program and called Greg, the director of River Road Farm. He told me to, “just show up.” And, luckily for me, I did.
It was a lifesaver.
Having somewhere to be, good work to be a part of, and people to be with rescued me from a difficult time.
The people I met that first year, I still count amount my closest friends. And, ten years later, that same farm is my actual home.
I have seed this farm have a similar effect on many volunteers throughout the years. Of course it is a farm and farms are about food. But, so many volunteers come back week after week and never take so much as a carrot.
So, what are they finding at the farm?
A place to be any day of the week, where you come as you are, where you are guaranteed at least a few friendly faces and something meaningful to do.
Maybe you’re having a bad day and don’t want to talk to anyone . . . Maybe social interaction makes you anxious . . . Maybe you feel lost, lonely, or don’t even know where to begin . . . We still have a place for you! It can really turn a difficult day around.
For me, it turned a difficult year around and led me down a path I had never anticipated.
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