Welcome to work hours! For 2017, we have a new process to sign up for sharer work hours. Vist the sign up page, or continue reading to get all your questions answered about fulfilling your work your 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, Friday, and Saturday
- 1 PM – 3PM: Saturday
Be sure to mark your work dates on your personal calendar. You are responsible for getting yourself to the farm on time.
At least half of your work hours must either be performed or paid for (at $10/hour) by July 15. The rest must be performed or paid for by October 20.
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?
Yes! Please sign up at least one day in advance, so the farmers know to expect you. There is no internet service at the farm, so the staff can’t check for same-day signups. If we don’t know you’re coming, we might not have work for you to do and you may have to come back on a different day.
If more than one adult from your family will be working on a given date, you may sign up for as many slots as you need.
How do I sign up?
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.
The sign-up system is only for scheduling work hours, not for keeping track of hours actually worked. 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.
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 my kids are younger than 8?
On 14 Saturday mornings in 2017 we are offering a safe, supervised space for kids aged 4-8 to spend time while you complete your work hours. Please see our Children’s Garden page for more information about this program.
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.
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 October 1, 2017