An alternative option to buying a CSA share, is volunteering for one!
We have two types of ‘dirty hands’ share positions:
Full Season Shares trade 4 hours per week through the growing season (from mid-June through late October) for a regular CSA share. All shifts run from 8 AM to 12 PM.
Summer Shares trade 8 hours per week for only 10 weeks in the height of the season (starting mid June through mid August) for a regular CSA share. Summer worker shares can either work two 4-hour shifts or work one 8-hour shift per week.
When you volunteer for your CSA share, not only do you get to know your farm really intimately, but you also get to play a crucial role in helping us meet the labor demands of growing food without synthetic chemicals. In exchange for your hard work, you will take home a box of fresh veggies each week.
A worker share requires an individual to commit to coming to the farm for a 4-hour shift once a week throughout the duration of the 20 week CSA season, which runs from early June through mid-October. Worker shares work together with full time crew members. This is not romantic or easy work. You will be bending down to the ground for 4 hours, doing repetitive labor. We work in all weather – wind, rain, snow, bugs, high heat, etc.
Current Openings for 2016:
- Mornings (8am-12): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
- Afternoons (1-5pm): Monday, Tuesday, & Friday
If you are interested in working for food please read the FAQs below. Then contact Cassie directly at 798-0219.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will I be doing?
Harvesting, weeding, and washing are the most common jobs. Each shift has its own rhythm. There are many one time jobs; some jobs repeat themselves week after week.
I’ve never done farm work before. How will I know what to do?
Each job will be explained. You need to be able to listen carefully, follow directions and work hard. Working hard means keeping your hands moving, not stopping and chatting with the person working next you. (This doesn’t mean you can’t talk, you just have to keep working).
Can I share the responsibility with my spouse, partner, housemate, etc.?
It is best if one person in a household makes the commitment.
When does the worker share begin?
The work begins the first week of June and continues through the third week of October. It coincides with the vegetable delivery season.
Can I do a worker share for the Winter CSA?
We have a limited number of opportunities for each of these. They fill quickly and priority is given to returning worker shares, but do let me know if you are interested.
Can I bring my child along?
Sorry. The work is not geared for children. If you are interested in babysitting for food, there is a possibility there to bring your children along.
What if I need to miss a shift because of vacation, illness or other conflict?
You are responsible for trying to cover your shift by switching with another worker share or getting a sub to fill your spot. If this doesn’t work, you can make up your shift, though this is not preferred.
Can I work evenings or weekends?
No. We do not have shifts available for evenings or weekends.
What if my schedule changes mid season?
If you know your schedule will be changing mid season we can talk about it and plan accordingly.
I am a teacher/student and can only work during summer vacation, is this possible?
We really need workers for the entire 20 week season. However, we sometimes will designate date a particular day of shifts that is open to school schedules. Please inquire.
We hold an orientation the Tuesday following Memorial Day, in the evening, for all new and returning worker shares. It’s a potluck and all family members are invited.
After looking at all of this I would like to do a worker share. What should I do next?
Call the farm and talk to Cassie 663-9879. You and she will discuss details and specifics and make the final decision together.