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Volunteer at White Harvest Farms

White Harvest Farms Volunteering is an opportunity for individuals to volunteer in the Jacksonville, Florida community. White Harvest Farms was established by The Clara White Mission in 2012 in the heart of the Historic Moncrief Springs, a local natural spring. The Clara White Mission was originally founded in 1904 but can trace its origins back to the 1880s. In a two-bedroom house, former slave Clara English White helped feed her hungry neighbors. Years later her daughter, humanitarian Dr. Eartha M. M. White, turned her mother’s work into a social agency.

The overall goal of The Clara White Mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness through advocacy, housing, job training, and employment by working in partnerships with businesses within the Jacksonville community. Over the years, Eartha and the mission have contributed to several different projects and programs to better the community. A few of these achievements include the establishment of Mercy Hospital, a home for unwed mothers, an orphanage and adoption agency, a child-care center for working mothers, and a halfway house for recovering alcoholics among other things.

White Harvest Farms is another initiative that the Mission has established. The property currently consists of 10.5 acres to accommodate the initiative of urban farming. The goal of this initiative is to help food desert residents, low-income, homeless veterans, and those who are disadvantaged and may lack education and skills for employment.

Volunteering at White Harvest Farms is a learning opportunity for individuals where you will actively perform tasks associated with growing organic vegetables. Staff will explain assignments and work alongside volunteers as they are performing tasks. Some of the tasks that you may be asked to do include planting, weeding, bed prep, mulching, harvesting, washing produce, and bagging and labeling produce.

There are many different opportunities weekly for individuals to volunteer. The days that volunteers can contribute to White Harvest Farms are Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you have a group that is larger than 5 that is wishing to volunteer, it is recommended to email to let them know. Volunteers should also be aware that this is outdoor work and to wear clothes that they do not mind getting dirty!

For more information or to register for a volunteering opportunity, you can click here or here!


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