We are wishing that you all are having a lovely start to 2022.  If you have any extra time this season or know anyone that does, we are looking to expand our Manifest Love volunteer brigade and would love to include you!

As you may know, Round the Bend Farm (RTB), a Center for Restorative Community, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is a working farm and educational non-profit. “We are a living laboratory that cultivates, educates, and empowers people of all ages. We are devoted to the global paradigm shift toward hope and abundance by valuing diversity, modeling nature, and redefining wealth.”

In response to the pandemic of 2020, RTB launched the Manifest Love project – a collaborative endeavor with our beloved New Bedford-based partners, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), NorthStar Learning Centers, and YWCA Southeastern MA.  In March 2020, the Executive Directors of these organizations agreed that RTB would provide free weekly food shares and educational materials to families in the New Bedford area. Together we grew, gleaned, sourced and distributed local, nutritious foods to 125 families every week.

We are now entering the third season of the Manifest Love project and as this project continues to expand and evolve, we are seeking consistent volunteers throughout the 2022 season. When working with any living system, there are many opportunities for growth, connection, educational exchanges, and healing.  Since RTB’s inception, our amazing and dedicated volunteers have been a pillar of our community and their efforts and impacts are immense and deeply appreciated.  In addition to all of our existing volunteers, we are seeking folks to be a part of the Manifest Love project for the 2022 growing season (April/May through November).  Work would include a myriad of farming-related tasks such as weeding, mulching, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, washing, packing shares, and potentially much more.  In exchange for your hard work, volunteers are welcome to join the RTB team for a farm-fresh lunch and enjoy some of the bounty of our harvests.

Manifest Love is looking for volunteers to regularly commit to at least one 4 hours chunk on either Mondays (between 8-2), Wednesdays (between 8-6), Thursdays (8-6) and/or Saturdays (8-6). Those interested do not need any experience in agriculture (although that helps)– just an open mind and heart and an openness to experience the world in all of its elements (aka rain or shine–haha). If you are interested in committing to volunteering for Manifest Love this season, please email Desa@roundthebendfarm.org and we will be in touch!