An alternative option to buying a CSA share, is working for one!
When you work for your CSA share you become more intimately involved in the production of food and experience the seasons working outdoors on your farm. You also get to play a crucial role in helping us meet the labor demands of growing food without synthetic chemicals. In exchange for your hard work, you will take home a large box of fresh veggies each week.
A worker share requires an individual to commit to working a 4-hour shift once a week throughout the duration of the 20 week CSA season, which runs from around June 1st through mid-October. Worker shares work together with full time crew members as a team. This is not romantic or easy work. You will be bending down to the ground for 4 hours, doing repetitive labor. We work in all weather – wind, rain, bugs, high heat, snow, etc.
We have the following shifts open for work shares.
Tue 8am-12pm, Thur 8am-12pm, Fri 9-1pm and 1-5pm, and Sundays 9-1pm or 1-5pm.
Workshares do not require a resume but do require a phone interview, paperwork, and orientation. Please review our common questions below or if your ready to apply contact Kyle at 608-322-0722 to discuss the details.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I be doing?
Harvesting, weeding, and washing are the most common jobs. Each shift has its own rhythm. There are many one time jobs but some jobs repeat themselves week after week.
I’ve never done farm work before. How will I know what to do?
Each job will be explained. You need to be able to listen carefully, follow directions and work hard. Working hard means keeping your hands moving, not stopping and chatting with the person working next you. (This doesn’t mean you can’t talk, you just have to keep working).
Can I share the responsibility with my spouse, partner, housemate, etc.?
It is best if one person in a household makes the commitment.
When does the worker share begin?
The work begins the first week of CSA and continues through the entire CSA season. Typically this is Late May to Early October but It coincides with the vegetable delivery season.
Can I bring my child along?
Sorry. The work is not geared for children. If you are interested in babysitting for food or working at a farmers market, there is a possibility there to bring your children along.
What if I need to miss a shift because of vacation, illness or other conflict?
You are responsible for trying to cover your shift by switching with another worker share or getting a sub to fill your spot. If this doesn’t work, you can make up your shift, though this is not preferred, advance notice for vacations is appreciated.
Can I work evenings or weekends?
Yes! We have shifts available for evenings (1-5) or Sundays. Call to discuss all available shifts as it can change as positions fill.
What if my schedule changes mid season?
If you know your schedule will be changing mid season we can talk about it and plan accordingly.
After looking at all of this I would like to do a worker share. What should I do next?
Call the farm and talk to Kyle 608-322-0722. to discuss details, specifics, and make the final decision together.