Looking for Volunteer Experience


Exploring the pasture
Sep 8, 2020
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Hey everyone,

I had posted an intro a few months back and I've been trying to find volunteer opportunities for myself to get some hands on farm experience with the variety of animals I'd like to work with in the future. I'm in the SW Chicagoland suburb area in Illinois. I've found two farms that offer volunteer opportunities but these are farm sanctuaries and i was hoping to get experience working on some farms that raise the livestock for breeding/selling or for products like fiber eggs meat.

My other concern is since Covid is still underway would farmers even want my volunteer help? I figured winter time would give me a better idea of some of the hardships faced at farms raising livestock and teach me some valuable lessons.

Does anyone know how to better find farms near you to get a hold of and ask about volunteering on their farms?

Side note i have a full time job and could only offer help on weekends.

Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time!

C.J. Clark

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