Work Hours FAQ

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: Summer sharers must work 6 hours, Back to School sharers must work 3 hours.

Farmer’s Choice: Summer sharers must work 4 hours, Back to School sharers must work 2 hours.


When can I work?

  • 10:00AM – noon: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Please arrive a few minutes before 10 am so you are ready to work when the shift begins. You should plan to work the entire two hours.

If you have a Summer share, at least half of your work hours must either be performed or paid for (at $11/hour) by Saturday, July 30th. The rest must be performed or paid for by September 26th. If you have a Back to School share, all work hours must be performed or paid for by September 26th.

Be sure to mark your work dates on your personal calendar. You are responsible for getting yourself to the farm on time.


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 $11/hour.


I’m ready. Do I need to sign up in advance?

Yes. In order for Ember to plan ahead and make sure the assigned tasks can be safely completed, you can email to schedule your hours and ask any questions.


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.

What kind of work will I do?

Early in the season (April-May), you may work in the greenhouse or assist with planting. During 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.


What if I have to cancel?

If you need to cancel your work hour commitment, please do this as early as possible, but at least a day before your work date. The farmers determine the work to be done based on how many people have signed up for a given shift.

Updated on June 20, 2022