Volunteers Needed for Eat Real Fest

Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 | By Nicole Easterday |

Eat Real Fest 2011

Many of our followers have expressed interest in volunteering at our events - and for that we're incredibly grateful!  We do several large events every year and it takes a lot of hands to pull it off.

One of our busiest events of the year is coming up - Eat Real Fest in Oakland - and we'll need a good number of dedicated volunteers so if you're interested in volunteering read the details below then shoot us an email to be added to our volunteer list.
] FARMcurious Booth Eat Real Fest 2011
  Dates and Times:
  • Thursday, Sept 20 - 5-9:30pm is set-up day.  We'll set up in the evening at Jack London Square for those of you who have day jobs.  The benefit of helping this day is that you won't have to take any time away from the actual event to work.  We'll be moving boxes and hanging installations, all based on a prepared design.  Bonus points if you have a truck!!
  • Friday, Sept 21 - 11:30am - 9:30pm  If you're a people person and love to talk to others about fun things like keeping chickens, making cheese, wine, beer, or sauerkraut or growing your food, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are for you!  The festival runs from 1-9pm on Friday but we'll need to be there a little early to set up and stay a little late to secure the booth.   I'd like to ask all our Friday/Saturday/Sunday volunteers to commit to either a four-hour shift or two 3-hour shifts.  I know it's a lot to ask, but I hope it's so much fun that you'll want to keep talking to people at the booth about homesteading goodness!  You'll have plenty of breaks to go enjoy the rest of the festival, eat and have bathroom breaks during lulls.  It's important to note that you will likely be standing most of the day.  It's exhausting, but exhilarating.
  • Saturday, September 22 - 9:30am - 9:30pm The festival runs from 10:30am - 9pm on Saturday but we've got some overlap time for set-up.  See Friday's notes for details.
  • Sunday, September 23 9:30am - 7pm - The festival is open from 10:30am - 5pm and then we'll need help packing up and moving everything back to Oakland.  With any luck we'll have much less to move back than we had to move there but we'll still need help lifting boxes into the car, driving it back to Oakland and unloading it into our garage.
FARMcurious Garden Display at Eat Real Fest 2011
I'll be looking for people with an earnest interest in homesteading.  Some experience in the areas of canning, gardening, cheesemaking, pickling, fermenting (and of course backyard animals!), etc will definitely help but I'll take enthusiasm over years of experience any day.  I'll also be looking for good workers - people who actually want to be there in the booth chatting up visitors and learning about products.  Obviously honesty and trustworthiness is a big deal because we'll be dealing with money and products plus you'll be a representative of FARMcurious for the weekend.
Rewards! Despite the long days, it's a ton of fun and in addition to taking home a fun Eat Real Fest gift bag (full of treats, coupons and other fun stuff), FARMcurious volunteers will earn FARMcurious products based on how long they're there.  Each of our volunteers will receive $6 in product for every hour they donate to help.  For example, someone who works a four-hour shift will receive $24 in product.  The best part is that it's so much FUN!
This is a TON of information - please forgive me, I'm a details girl.
I hope I haven't scared you all away.  If you're still interested in volunteering send me an email at Nicole@farmcurious.com.  Thanks again for your generosity!
- Nicole