Bring your team to Everdale for an inspiring farm-based team building experience for your business or organization. Your team will be contributing to a healthy future, building strong communities, and a sustainable local food system. As one of the very first Harvest Share farms in Ontario, Everdale has been a trail blazer of the local food movement for over 20 years and specializes in education, food security and hosting farm groups of adults and children effectively. Take a break from the daily routine and come and enjoy the view from our 50-acre organic farm, nestled in the beautiful hills of Wellington County.
When your team comes to the farm they will:
Have a positive social impact on your community by helping to grow and harvest fresh food to directly support hunger relief
Do light work in the vegetable fields alongside Everdale’s amazing team of farmers and program staff
Strengthen and improve communication between team members which fosters innovation and trust in your team
Increase awareness of food literacy and healthy community food solutions
Experience an inspiring day at beautiful Everdale farm and contribute to a great cause at the same time
Relax and enjoy our welcoming facilities
What does a typical Team Building day look like?
The cost is $28/person for a 4 hour visit (usually 9 am to 1 pm or noon until 4 pm but we are flexible in terms if timing).
If arriving at 9 am, your day would look something like this (there is flexibility in this schedule if your group has specific needs)
30 minutes for tea/coffee and an introduction to Everdale's role in the Good Food Project
A 45 minute walking tour of the farm
2 hours of light work alongside our farmers helping to grow food for community members unable to afford it
30 minute lunch provided by Everdale
15 minute farewell
Please note that the minimum cost for Team Building day is $392
What happens at a Team Building day?
The basic team building program is 4 hours long. When you arrive at the farm your Everdale host will greet you, show you the indoor team building space and washrooms, and give your team an introduction to Everdale’s charitable work. Your group will get a walking tour of the property and then introduced to Everdale’s team of farmers who will take you to the farm fields where you will help to complete a group task such as planting or harvesting. There are lots of opportunities for socializing and learning while you are volunteering in the field. This is usually where the most memorable team building happens! Before you leave, your Everdale host will answer questions that your team has about their experience and about how your volunteer farm work has contributed to your community.
How will our team be contributing to the community?
Everdale grows farm-fresh vegetables for families who can’t afford healthy food and are reliant on the processed food provided by most food banks. When you participate in a team building day, you are helping to grow fresh food that is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our communities. The food grown at Everdale Farm is distributed by our four charitable partner organizations: The SEED at Guelph Community Health Centre, Daily Bread Food Bank, Feed It Forward, and East Wellington Community Services.
What type of volunteer tasks will our team do?
Don’t worry! All the farm tasks you do at Everdale will be suited to people with all levels of physical ability. The task of the day may be planting, weeding, or harvesting. Whatever you do we guarantee it will be: (1) Fun; (2) Suited to each person’s physical abilities; (3) Meaningful work that your team will be proud of (4) An opportunity for your team to enjoy time together and learn.
What do I need to bring?
Team members should dress for the weather and wear clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and hat. Water bottle. Everdale provides work gloves.
Where is Everdale located?
We are located in the beautiful rolling hills of east Wellington County. About 30 minutes east of Guelph and an hour northwest of Toronto. Directions to the farm are here
What is the cancellation policy?
Your Team Building fee is refundable, less a service fee of $50 per date booked, if your program is cancelled in writing more than three weeks before the start of the booked program day. If the cancellation occurs within three weeks of the booked program day no refund will be offered.
Who are the Food Donation agencies?
The food grown at Everdale Farm is distributed by our four charitable partner organizations: The SEED at Guelph Community Health Centre, Daily Bread Food Bank, Feed It Forward, and East Wellington Community Services.
Are there other ways my company or organization can contribute to Everdale’s work?
Everdale is a registered charity and issues tax receipts for donations. Donations go towards making fresh food available for people who need it. Go here to donate or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about what the impact that your donation will have.