Working Shares 2016
*Policies have changed from 2015*
Our expectations are high. The jobs are physical.
We work in all weather. The sometimes exhaustive tasks can be done in rain or excessive heat, with bugs, snakes, tall weeds or mud up to your knees.
Good physical condition is required as you will be expected to lift up to 50 pounds, sometimes repeatedly.
Sustained periods of standing, squatting, kneeling, stooping and bending should be expected and welcomed.
Working Share members will be expected to abide by all farm policies that apply to regular employees. This includes: no alcohol/tobacco use on the premises, no cell phone use, being on-time for your shift and wearing/bringing what you need to complete your tasks.
Our hope is that Working Shareholders develop a special connection with the farm and farmers and other workers, along with a deeper appreciation and understanding of sustainable vegetable production.
A working share makes a commitment of 4 hours of work per week for 12 weeks in exchange for a Standard Veggie Share.
Session 1: Week of June 12-August 28
Session 2: Week of July 31-October 16
- Tuesday 9:00-1:00
- Wednesday 9:00-1:00
- Thursday 9:00-1:00
You commit to a shift for the entire season.
What will I be doing?
Each morning you will report to Rebecca and sign in like a normal employee of Titus Farms. Rebecca will give you further direction about the tasks that need completing that day.
Jobs include every aspect of vegetable production but, are frequently tailored to physical ability. We tend to break things down into two categories: shed and field.
Shed Tasks: washing, bagging, counting and sorting vegetables or, sterilizing equipment. Those who work in "the pack-shed" are expected to stand on concrete, often in one place, for their shift. Conditions are much cooler but, demands can be more meticulous but, less physically demanding.
Field Tasks: weeding, trellising, transplanting or harvesting. Those who work in the field are expected to be prepared to work in all conditions. Rebecca will give you a short tutorial along with a goal to reach for that shift. You will often be working alongside Rebecca or a crew.
Often, Working Shares get a little taste of both of these environments.
I’ve never done farm work before. How will I know what to do?
Most people haven't ever done farm work, and besides, every farm is different.
Each job will be explained. You need to be able to listen, follow directions and work hard.
Working hard means keeping your hands moving, not stopping and chatting with the person working next you. Mastering the art of chatting while keeping busy is expected.
Can I share the responsibility with my spouse, housemate, etc.?
We require that one person commit per season so that they can receive on-farm training.
Can I bring my child/dog along?
No. We are working hard. The work is not geared for children or fur-babies. You'll have a chance to interact with our farm animals.
What if I need to miss a shift because of vacation, illness or another conflict?
You can make up your shift. You can do this by working a double shift or two shifts in one week. We will work out the details as necessary. But, please let us know in advance when you’ll be absent.
Can I work evenings or weekends?
No, most likely not. We do the farm work during the day, during the week. But, we certainly welcome volunteers, so if you really would like to become involved, give a call and we can work something out.
Rebecca will get a copy when it's all filled out. Then, signup online, just like a normal CSA member and apply the special code Rebecca gives you.