Thank you for your interest in becoming a Dearborn Farmers and Artisan Market (DFAM) volunteer! Volunteers are essential to every aspect of our mission – from our hard-working staff to those who help give shoppers directions at our information tent. Without volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to meet our goals of supporting local farmers and food artisans by maintaining markets and educating the public on the importance of buying locally.
Please note that the next volunteer orientation is to be determined.
If you are interested in volunteering with DFAM for the 2016 season, please contact Chamber President, Jackie Lovejoy,@ 313-584-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the upcoming volunteer opportunities & orientation.
Here are some things we need volunteers to help with:
Where can I buy a baby eggplant? Are all these farmers organic? Where is the bathroom? How can I become a vendor at the Market? Where is John the Farmer? These are just a few of the questions the volunteers at the Information tent answer each Friday. If you want to learn the inner working of the market, hang out in a fun place, and meet a lot of people, this is the job for you.
Skills Required: Excellent customer skills, positive can-do attitude, a great smile, the talent of being courteous to (sometimes) difficult people and the ability to remember lots of facts. Operation of the cart donation/delivery area is part of the job. Ability to stand/walk for 3 hours (with breaks) is also necessary. Written material, maps and weekly updates are provided.
Minimum Time Commitment: Three hours at the Friday (or Tuesday Eve) Market
Are you a people watcher? Do you love to hang out on street corners and watch the parade? DFAM is growing and we like to keep track of this growth, so periodically during the season we count the customers entering each corner of the market. We provide you with an apron, name tag, click-counter and a clip board.
Skills Required: Ability to stand for 10 minutes at a time; ability to avoid distractions.
Minimum Time Commitment: 10 minutes on the hour for as many hours as you like, this job allows for lots of shopping time between counts.
It’s not just on market days that we’re busy keeping the market humming, but all the time. We can always use assistance with mailings, social media updates, newsletters etc. Most of this work would be done in our office during regular business hours, but some tasks can be completed in your home on your own time schedule.
Skills Required: Depends on the project. What do you do best?
Minimum Time Commitment: Varies with the project, and extremely flexible! Friday afternoons after the market are great.
DFAM hosts a variety of special events. Event days add speakers, children’s activities, contests, cooking demos and other special happenings to the regular shopping atmosphere. You may be called on to decorate the Information tent, market tables and other areas with seasonal glitz. Perhaps you will help kids do Fathers Day crafts or show shoppers how to prepare recipes using seasonal produce. We are searching for people who can make things look great with a very small budget, those who enjoy interacting with shoppers and others who have a basic knowledge of food, cooking and nutrition.
Skills Required: Creative and fun-loving attitude. Love of food & cooking, interest in local agriculture, good public relations/teaching skill and ease at talking to the public.
Minimum time commitment: Usually three hour shift at the market, but varies by event.
Setup & Tear Down:
The market is held in a parking lot and on the ground of the Bryant library so we must put up and take down signs, tables, tents etc for each Market event. Volunteer helpers must be willing to arrive early, move and place the items and carts and set them up. Then, depending on the schedule, they can stay and enjoy the market, or help with other tasks, or they can leave and return later for tear down.
Skills required: Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. Pushing / pulling carts, empty and full. Self starters know where each sign is to be placed and does so with little or no supervision.
Minimum time commitment: FRIDAYS