Welcome to work hours! Continue reading to get all your questions answered about fulfilling your work requirement.
How many hours do I have to work?
It depends on your share. Classic Harvest sharers must work 6 hours, Farmer’s Choice sharers must work 4 hours.
When can I work?
- 10:00AM – noon: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
- 9 AM—noon: Saturday
On weekdays, you may work one or both hours, but you need to arrive promptly at 10 am.
On Saturdays, you can drop in at any time, but you need to arrive no later than 11 am to have the time count toward your work hours.
At least half of your work hours must either be performed or paid for (at $10/hour) by July 21. The rest must be performed or paid for by October 19.
I can’t make those times. How do I buy out my hours?
To pay for any unworked hours, go to our online store. The rate is $10/hour.
I’m ready. Do I need to sign up in advance?
No! We will track your hours, but we have discontinued the sign up system for the summer 2018 season.
How should I prepare for my shift?
Please have your sunblock and hat on, water bottle filled, and shoes changed at the designated start time for your shift so that the farm staff can assign everyone in a timely way. We get the most work done when everyone is ready to start at the same time.
Be sure to fill in the hours you worked on the SHARER WORK HOUR clipboard at the farm on the day that you do the work.
What kind of work will I do?
Early in the season (April-May), you may work in the greenhouse or assist with planting. June-August, you will be most likely helping with weeding and harvesting. Toward the end of the harvest season (September and October), you will also help with cleanup and getting the farm ready for the winter.
If you have physical challenges that will not allow you to work in the greenhouse or in the field, tell us, and we will work with you to find an alternative. In addition, if you have carpentry, plumbing, mechanics or other special skills, you may be able to fulfill your work hours helping with non-field tasks.
Can my children work with me?
Children 8 and older may join you at the farmer’s discretion. However, we urge you to think carefully and honestly about your child’s true ability to complete field work. Most children under 12 struggle to focus on one task for two straight hours. If a child loses interest or is unable to physically perform the work for the entire time, it impacts the productivity of the entire group.
Whether the work your child performs will count toward your work hours requirement depends on the quality and quantity of their work and is up to the discretion of the farmer in charge of your shift. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult; you may not drop off your child at the farm.
Updated on May 7, 2018