I have volunteered at Beardsley on and off, starting last August. I sought out the farm when I was between jobs--a little discouraged, unhappy, and in need of productive work. I didn't know then how much the work of Beardlsey would inspire me and give me purpose. Beardsley works to connect communities through organic food and education; this is an action in which I believe very strongly, and have been trying to nurture it in my own small way(s). I know that the work there will be both challenging to me (just in terms of physical labor), but also something that I can be passionate about.
My term there doesn't begin until August, but I'll certainly be at the farm volunteering before then, especially as the weather gets nicer and spring finally comes around. I encourage you, too, to see the place and to give your efforts. I'll be sure to post more about it in the future!