A herculean effort at a small farm in
The farm's 2011 output was the result of over a thousand hours of volunteer work. Workers ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens convened at the farm four days each week, working two to three hours to plant and grow zucchini, squash, peppers, and eggplant. Varney Farm's charitable output has increased year after year since 2007, its first official year of operation. The operation is run by
Typical work at the farm included weeding, spreading fertilizer and lime, and eventually harvesting. "Harvesting was the most satisfying part," said volunteer and high school student Kevin Smith. "It was great to see the tangible results of so many hours of weeding."
The Varneys were recognized as "Local Heroes" by
As they prepare for the 2012 planting season, the Varneys are still looking for volunteers. "It's a challenge every year," said Varney, "especially in the middle of summer when everybody's going on vacations and wanting to do fun things. There's still a lot of work to be done here, and so we're always hoping to get word out that it's a good volunteer opportunity and we're happy to have anybody who wants to come."