Farm Policies

Farm policies are created by the Board of Directors in close consultation with the Farmer.  Our policies are designed first and foremost to protect the health and sustainability of the farm, staff, and sharers and to ensure fairness to all sharers.

Pick Your Own (PYO):

You may pick your own crops portion on your pickup day and the next day (Wednesday for Tuesday sharers, Saturday for Friday sharers).  You may PYO crops any time the farm is open.

Dogs at the Farm

We love dogs at Stearns!!! Dogs must be leashed at all times, and we ask that you leave your dogs at home on pickup days. Please keep your dogs out of the fields where food is grown. This is a GAP (good agricultural practice) policy.

Safety around Farm Machinery

Please be mindful when farm machinery is being used. Driving tractors around people can be difficult. Please keep children away from the machinery, and step far away from tractors should they be driven where you are picking in the fields.

Splitting Shares

You are permitted to split a share with someone, but we require that all who receive split shares also register as Members of Stearns Farm and follow our guidelines for share splitting.  See the share splitting policy.

Cell Phones in the Fields

To help maintain the peace and tranquility of sharers’ time at the farm, please refrain from using your cell phones in the fields and under the pickup tent. If you must take an urgent call, please do so in the parking lot. Thank you for your consideration.

Membership Policies

For an complete explanation of how membership at Stearns Farm works see our membership FAQs.

If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact the President of the Board at