Small Family Farm CSA

We Dig Vegetables

 

What kind of work do we do?
You will have a chance to become involved in all aspects of vegetable harvest and post harvest handling including washing, bagging, bunching, weighing, counting and sorting vegetables.  You may weed, trellis, transplant, or mulch.  Some jobs you may only do one time and some jobs you may do several times thru the summer. kaleharvestcropped

I’ve never done farm work before.  How will I know what to do?
We will be working with you and each job will be taught to you.  You just need to be able to listen, follow directions and work hard. Working hard means keeping your hands moving even if you're talking, not stopping and chatting with the person working next to you. This doesn’t mean you can’t talk, you just have to keep working while you're talking.  We often times have very interesting converstations out in the field.

Can I share the responsibility with my spouse, partner, housemate, etc.?
It is best for the farm if one person in a household makes the commitment, but if you need a sub you can certainly send another household member to work your shift.

Is there a difference between the morning and afternoon shifts?
Yes, morning shifts are spent primarily in the fields harvesting (but sometimes there is work in the packing shed).  Afternoon shifts are spent primarily in the packing shed working with the vegetables that were harvested in the morning (but often there are outside jobs as well).

Can two of us come each week for 1 and a half hours?
No.  Leaving in the middle of a shift is not very satisfying for you and not as helpful for the farm.

When does the worker share begin?
The work begins the first week of June and continues through the second week of October. It coincides with the vegetable delivery season; this is when we need the most hands.

Can I work half of my Summer Share?mulchingcropped
We prefer that you commit to the whole summer.  We sometimes make exceptions for teachers and students who simply cannot work once school begins in the fall.    

Can I bring my children or one child along?

No, children under the age of 12 that need supervision are not allowed to come as they can distract you from your shift.  We are working during our shifts. 

Can I bring my dog out with me?
No, we have one dog on the farm already and we know how much attention dogs require.  They can also be damaging to the crops and a distraction to our work crew.  

What if I need to miss a shift because of vacation, illness or other conflict?

You can make up your shift.  You can do this by working a double shift or two shifts in one week.  We will work out the details.  If you miss your shift and simply cannot make it up, you can pay the farm $28 for each shift you miss, while our first preference is for your time rather than your money.  

Can I work evenings or weekends?
We do have a morning shift available on Saturdays from 8:00-11:30 and a Wednesday evening shift from 4:00-7:30.  Other than these two shifts, we do the farm work durning the week and during the day.  It is not possible to come when there is not already a shift scheduled.  

What if my schedule changes mid season?mondaycropped
If you know your schedule will be changing mid season we can talk about it and plan accordingly.  If your schedule changes unexpectedly mid season, we will work with it.  In either case you will be able to switch to another shift that fits your schedule.

I am a teacher/student and can only work during summer vacation, is this possible?

Yes, we can work out a schedule so that you can come to work two shifts in one week for part of the summer, or start earlier so that you can end earlier.  You could also pay for the half of your share that you are not able to work for.  Contact Jillian to work something out.  

Please do not bring your cell phones and talk on the phone during your shift.  You can leave your cell phone in your car and talk to whoever needs attention at the end of your shift.  
 

Okay, I've read everything above and I want to do a worker share, what now?

Call the farm and ask for Jillian.  We will discuss what shift works best for you and talk about any other details.