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Volunteer Center Staff is on temporary furlough with no access to email or voicemail due to Columbia Association's closure. 

Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness, Environment
Families, Homeless, Low-income communities, Visitors & Travelers

Age Minimum (with Adult): 15+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Farming, Gardening & Various Farm Support

Little Portion Farm is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars Conventual focused on providing fresh food to those in need while using sustainable farming methods to restore the health of our land.

Our farm depends greatly on the generous support of individual and group volunteers, both on and off the farm. There are a variety of tasks that volunteers may engage in  including planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing, and delivering food. There are also occasional carpentry or farm improvement projects with which volunteers can help staff. In general, you do not need extensive farming or gardening knowledge to be helpful! Come serve and enjoy the outdoors, learn about sustainable farming, and help us carry out our mission to care for the poor and protect creation!  

Our 3-acre farm functions as an “agro-ecosystem,” with a diversity of plants and habitats to support the life of this “little portion” of creation. Food harvested from the farm will be donated to the Franciscan Center in Baltimore.  The overarching mission of this ministry is using the words of Pope Francis, "to hear both the cry of the earth, and the cry of the poor.” 

Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, parents/adults need to create a team which includes themselves and the volunteer(s) that are under age. The parent/adult can then “sign up with a team” for the opportunity selecting the team members who will volunteer. Click here for more information related to Family & Youth Group Volunteers.


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Volunteers needed through 10/31/2020

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Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046