Splitting Shares

Sometimes sharers may wish to split their share with someone who is not an enrolled sharer. Share splitting is a private arrangement that is subject to the policies are outlined below. We appreciate your cooperation in abiding by these policies should you decide to split your share.

What does it mean to split a share?

Share splitting is a private arrangement to divide a weekly Stearns Farm share for an entire season with someone who is not an enrolled sharer. Some share splitters divide the produce every week, while others may assign some pickup weeks to one party and some to the other. Please note that the weekly distributions are assembled with one household in mind, and the volume and variety of produce changes from week to week. Especially if splitters alternate their pickups by week, they may not receive certain crops, or they may receive a different quantity, than their partners.

The enrolled sharer—whichever party signs up for and buys the share—is responsible for getting reimbursed by the other party for their portion. Share splitters may also divide up the required work hours.

You are not splitting a share if you have someone pick up your share due to an unexpected event or while you are vacationing, or if you occasionally give extra produce from your share to someone else.

How can I split a share?

You can find a sharer who wants to split and make an agreement, or you can purchase a share yourself and split it with someone you know.  Stearns Farm does not assist sharers with matching or otherwise get involved with sharers’ splitting arrangements. If you are interested in finding someone to split your share with, you can indicate your interest and connect with other sharers by commenting on our 2017 Summer Share Matchmaking post on Facebook.

If share-splitting is a private arrangement, why does Stearns Farm have policies about it?

We welcome the opportunity feed and educate a larger community. Our policies are designed to ensure that everyone feels welcome at the farm and that share-splitting does not place an extra burden on our staff, volunteers and facilities.

Must share splitters become Stearns Farm members?

Yes. Enrolled sharers become members when they purchase their share. Split share recipients must also join and indicate which enrolled sharer they are receiving their split share from. This enables us to know everyone who is part of our farm community and to ensure we can communicate with them about our policies, procedures and news. The tax-deductible membership fee is only $10 per year, and it supports our educational programs. There are other membership benefits as well.

What do share splitters need to know about pickups and work hours?

Split share recipients need to know everything an enrolled sharer does.  We hold orientation sessions for new sharers at the beginning of each harvest season in June, and we strongly encourage new split share recipients to attend.  If this is not possible, the enrolled sharer is responsible for making sure their share-splitting partner gets the necessary instructions.

We keep track of pickups and work hours under the name of the enrolled sharer. When split share recipients pick up the share or do work hours, they will check off the enrolled sharer’s name on the weekly pickup sheet or work hours log. 

Can people who are splitting a share come separately to pick up their portion of the weekly distribution?

No.  You should assign one person to pick up the entire share or come together at the same time.

If we come together, can we divide our produce at the farm?

Yes, but we would appreciate if you come in one vehicle and that you collect your entire share before dividing it up. When doing so, you should move to a spot where you are not in the way of other sharers who are picking up their produce.  Please do not divide your produce under the tent or in the parking lot.

Who is responsible for paying for the share and doing the required sharer work hours?

The enrolled sharer is responsible for paying Stearns Farm. The required work hours may be performed by either or both parties, but the enrolled sharer will be held responsible for the hours if the split share recipient does not do their part.

Updated on September 13, 2017