2017 VOLUNTEER WORKER SHARES
Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What will I be doing?
Each day and every shift varies. Planting, weeding, hoeing, seeding, harvesting, and washing are the most common jobs. We need help bagging, bunching, weighing, counting, and sorting vegetables, too. Your work is extremely important to the farm’s success.

Q2: I’ve never done farm work before. How will I know what to do?
We will be working with you and will be there to explain and help you learn the tasks and responsibilities. We ask that you listen carefully, follow directions and work hard. Working hard includes keeping your hands moving, not stopping and chatting with the person working next to you. You can talk and work at the same time.

Q3: Can I share the responsibility of my shift with someone else?
We ask that one person in a household makes the commitment. You cannot send someone else to work your shift unless that was previously arranged with the farm.

Q4: Can two of us come each week for two hours?
No, we need your help on the farm for the full four-hour shift.

Q5: What is the 2016 Worker Share schedule?

Early Season Volunteer Worker Share (May 2 – September 2)                                               

  • Total Time Commitment: 4 hours per week for 18 weeks
  • Schedule: Select one 4-hour shift each week from the available days and times.
  • Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (except, no afternoon shifts on Tuesdays)

 Late Season Volunteer Worker Share (June 13 – October 14)

  • Total Time Commitment: 4 hours per week for 18 weeks
  • Schedule: Select one 4-hour shift each week from the available days and times.
  • Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (except, no afternoon shifts on Tuesdays)

 Summer Teacher/Student Volunteer Worker Share (June 20 – August 5)

  • Total Time Commitment: 10.5 hours per week for 7 weeks
  • Schedule: Select two 4-hour shifts and one 2.5-hour shift from the available days and times.
  • Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Q6: Can I bring my child/children/grandchildren along?
No. The work is not geared for children and isn’t a safe environment for little children during work schedules. Our farm offers other opportunities for families to come out and visit the farm. If children 12 or older are interested in participating in the work, ask before the Worker Share begins. We can evaluate it on a case-by-case basis.

Q7: Can I bring my dog out with me?
No. There would be too many temptations for even the world’s best trained dog!

Q8: What if I need to miss a shift because of vacation, illness or other conflict?
You can make up your shift. You can do this by working a double shift, changing a work day, or working two shifts in a week. If you know that you will miss more than two shifts during the season, this may not be a good commitment for you.

Q9: Can I work a two hour shift for half of my Summer Share? Or can I work for just half of one of the Worker Share Seasons?
We prefer you commit to the whole growing season (either Early, Summer, or Late).

Q10: 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.

Q11: Can I work evenings or weekends?
No, we usually do not have shifts available evenings or weekends, but… we are sometimes flexible with evenings during the longer days of light and possibly an alternative Saturday. This will have to be discussed on an individual basis.

Q12: I am a teacher/student and can only work during summer vacation, is this possible?
Yes, our Teacher/Student Summer Worker Share is for 10.5 hours a week for 7 weeks from June 20 – August 5.

Q13: Can I take incoming cell phone calls or text messages during my work shift?
No. Please keep cell phones in the car or in the shed at the farm. We ask that phones not be used during shift hours. If you are required to be an emergency contact for work or have personal emergency situations, let us know before your shift begins each day.

Q14: What do I wear?
For your protection, we ask you to wear the following:

  • T-shirts (no scoop necks or tank tops)
  • Shorts to the knee or pants
  • Footwear with toes covered (no sandals and no walking barefoot)
  • Raincoat and boots, if rainy or wet
  • Sunscreen or bug spray to protect your skin, if desired

Q15: When do I receive my CSA Weekly Share that I am working for?
The Worker Share Veggie Boxes are the Worker Share Member’s responsibility to pick up from the farm or Home Office on a weekly basis from June 17 through October 14. If your shift is on Wednesday or Thursday, you will be able to take your CSA Share home with you. Otherwise, you choose your pick-up schedule:

  • Thursdays at Farm (Ashippun), 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays at Home Office (Oconomowoc), 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays at Home Office (Oconomowoc), 8 a.m. - Noon 

Q16: How do I apply for a Volunteer Worker Share?
Please use the Contact Us page. We will email you a Volunteer Worker Share Agreement.