Worker Shares

Due to popular demand, we have decided to institute a worker share on our farm. We are offering 5 spots this year. A “worker share” is the exchange of labor for a vegetable share. Experience is not necessary but the desire to learn, work hard and the physical capability to perform farming tasks is essential.

The following outlines our expectations for the work share program. Please note: if our expectations and stated requirements for the work share program are a bad fit for you, an alternative arrangement may be possible --- we would be happy to discuss other possibilities with you.

Our expectations are high!

  • The jobs are demanding and physical.

  • The work is heavy, exhausting and repetitive; we work in the hot, cold or wet weather.

  • Good physical condition and the ability to lift 30 pounds is a must. Even if you think you may be in good physical condition, you will discover muscles you never knew you had! You will be in uncomfortable positions for a period of time whether it be squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping, lifting, up and down and lots of walking back and forth carrying containers of veggies.

  • We work in ALL weather.

  • A worker share makes a serious commitment of 4 hours of work per week for 20 weeks (in exchange for a full summer session).

 
What you need to know:

  • You may be performing various jobs on the farm based on your abilities. After you begin, we will be able to assess your abilities and place you in the appropriate job(s).

  • You commit to a shift and work that shift for the entire season.  We prefer that you commit to the entire season and keep a regular schedule.

  • Shift options: Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 or Tuesday, Wednesday 12:45 – 4:45 p.m.

If you wish to work before or after the CSA begins/ends, we can discuss.  Shift days would most likely be different in this instance.  A credit of hours worked will be calculated and applied to the CSA season when it begins.  These banked hours will act as a credit to be used to purchase additional vegetables above and beyond the standard weekly allotted amount.

  • You would be expected to be on time and ready to start with the rest of the farm crew first thing in the morning and/or after lunch, depending upon the shift you choose.

  • You may pick up your share of vegetables either on the day you’ve worked (if a harvest day) or a pick-up at a scheduled farmer’s market each week.

  • We ask that if you must bring children, they are accompanied by a responsible person to watch over them while the worker is fulfilling his/her hourly requirement. We do welcome children to visit the farm as long as they have a responsible person watching over them.

  • You can arrange to alternate your work share with another person, but only if the person you are sharing with comes on a regular basis. It takes time for us to teach new people and for them to learn how things work and if someone new shows up just once that slows everyone down.

 

The most important thing to keep in mind that we are a working farm. We must work fast and efficiently. Chatting is fine as long as you do it while doing another activity.  It’s important that you focus on the task at hand.  Therefore, no cell phones are allowed in the field.

Still interested? 


Please answer the questions below and send them in an e-mail to stillseekingfarm@gmail.com

  1. How do you think you will be an asset to the farm?

  2. What do see as your possible weak point?

  3. What do you do? (employment, hobbies, volunteer work, etc)

  4. What physical activities are part of your life?

  5. Which shift would you like to work? 

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