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work shares tomato harvest

This page has been updated for 2018; please read before signing up for any type of work share. Thanks!

Signing up is easy - click here for a printable commitment form for 2018.

A great way to get more involved at the farm, and save a substantial amount of money on the share price, is to sign up for a Work Share. This is usually a rewarding, fun experience which involves working hands-on at the farm as a part of a team, for a certain number of hours each week during the season. In exchange, you get a reduced rate on a Family or Single Share.

We ask all work shares to assign themselves one regular day that they can consistently work each week. The choices are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday mornings. Start time is between 7:00 am and 9:00 am; end time must be by 12:00 noon. We have no work slots available on Thursdays, Sundays, or Mondays. We can be very flexible with peoples’ schedules and understand that people go on vacations, etc., throughout the summer. We only ask that you let us know in advance when your chosen day will change. If you miss a week you can make up the time on another work day of your choosing.

Tuesdays in April-May for the Extreme shares involve mostly planting work. From June onward, Tuesdays and Fridays are mainly devoted to harvesting and preparing produce for distribution. Wednesdays and Saturdays are for planting or weeding, and occasionally harvesting. The work is moderate, but you can expect there to be a lot of bending over, hands-and-knees, or squatting, plus a lot of walking. Kneepads are recommended for those with knee issues. We work in all types of weather including rain, frost, heat, wind, etc. Boots or sturdy sneakers are good, and clothes that can get dirty and offer protection from the elements. A waterproof layer is recommended for rainy days. Also there is a wide variety of insects and spiders at our farm so be prepared for occasional bites, stings, etc. We have a limited amount of gardening tools for everyone to share, which must be returned at the end of the work day. If you prefer to use your own tools please do bring yours along. An absolute must is to bring water. You can refill your reusable bottles using our well water spigot.

We offer four types of Work Shares, with limited amounts available of each. These are the options, which can be selected on the commitment form. Please note that we no longer accept split shares. One member per share please. If your preffered share type is no longer available, we will contact you upon receiving your form.

Family Work Share. (30 shares) Work a total of 75 hours, broken down to 3 hours per week from the first week of June - November (25 weeks). Work may be done on any one of the available work days or any combination of those days, however we do request that you have a predictable schedule of when you will usually come. Receive a weekly distribution of produce in the quantities for a Family Share. Priced for 2018 at $315 + 75 work hours.

Single Work Share. (15 shares) Work a total of 40 hours, broken down to 2 hours per week from the first week of June - November (25 weeks). Work may be done on any one of the available work days or any combination of those days, however we do request that you have a predictable schedule of when you will usually come. Receive a weekly distribution of produce in the quantities for a Single Share. Priced for 2018 at $240 + 40 work hours.

Extreme Family Work Share. (10 shares) Work a total of 120 hours, broken down to about 3.5 hours per week from the first Tuesday of April - November (34 weeks). Extreme Shares start the year off working Tuesdays in April and May (this is required). From June onward, work may be done on any one of the available work days or any combination of those days, however we do request that you have a predictable schedule of when you will usually come. Receive a weekly distribution of produce in the quantities for a Family Share, starting the first week of June. Priced at $0 + 120 work hours.

Extreme Single Work Share. (5 shares) Work a total of 75 hours, broken down to about 2.5 hours per week from the first Tuesday of April - November (34 weeks). Extreme Shares start the year off working Tuesdays in April and May (this is required); from June onward work may be done on any one of the available work days or any combination of those days, however we do request that you have a predictable schedule of when you will usually come. Receive a weekly distribution of produce in the quantities for a Family Share, starting the first week of June. Priced at $0 + 75 work hours.

We understand that after a few weeks, some may find that this type of work isn’t for them, or unexpected schedule changes or health issues, etc, may make it difficult to continue. We really want this experience to be stress-free. If you do feel you can’t complete your year as a work share, you can pay the balance owed minus the hours you’ve already worked and stay on as a member with a regular Family or Single share. Each hour of work is worth $7 towards the price of your share. If you can't complete your work hours, the balance is due by the final week of share distributions (usually Thanksgiving week). If you choose to end your share entirely, the balance is due immediately.

Work share members are welcome to bring along family members or friends to help them fulfill their work hours. Anyone that you bring with you is your responsibility. Please only bring people who are prepared to work if you intend to count their work time. Older children (ages 10+) may help, however they must be actively working at a steady pace to count their time toward your work hours. Younger children are not encouraged to contribute work hours, since the work may be difficult or unappealing to them and the quality of the work may suffer.

Details and more information will be emailed to you as the season approaches, typically 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the work season. At that time we will request for you to email us with what day(s) you are choosing to come to the farm to work (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and/or Saturday).

Thanks for joining the team! We look forward to working with you.

work share picking kale

Above, Steve and two work share members gathering the tomato harvest, summer 2012; Right, the work share crew harvesting kale, fall 2012.

 


Asbury Village Farm
10 Asbury Bloomsbury Road
Asbury, NJ 08802
908-537-0777