Information –The worker share program is the backbone of LotFotL’s CSA. We enlist members of the CSA to work with us in the fields, on delivery routes, or in other capacities. In exchange for this season long commitment, we trade a commensurate amount of produce. You will get a backstage pass to how food is grown in a medium scale operation, and get to know the farmer’s too.
Tasks that worker shares can expect to work at will vary. Worker shares in the past have helped with harvest, weeding, post harvest cooling, sorting, and cleaning, as well as plastic mulch retrieval, and transplanting. This work is done with supervision and guidance from LotFotL employees, so NO experience is necessary.
This is farm work, typically of medium intensity. Appropriate candidates will be of good health, capable of lifting, able to work in the sun, sleet, or cold outdoor weather that life in Wisconsin mandates. You will bend, stoop, lift, pull, and use your body in many ways that terrestrial life in the postmodern age does not typically call upon. It is though, most definitely a reality of the worker share program. We can and are willing to be reasonable and flexible with some limitations, but please remember this is a farm.
THE PROGRAM IN A NUT SHELL:
- Program cost is $25 (NON-REFUNDABLE).
- Work your designated hours needed to earn your share
- Your CSA box is delivered on Thursday (Choice Program is Tuesday or Saturday) to a dropsite of your choice
- Work begins in Late May or June and runs through November
Choose between a very set schedule and a flexible schedule: Set schedule will commit to working on a set day throughout the year, for example Mondays from 8-12. Flexible schedule will need to communicate when you will work at least 2 weeks in advance.
To Earn a Weekly Share
- $25 cost
- 80 hours of work for set schedule OR 84 hours for flexible schedule
To Earn a Bi-weekly Share
- $25 cost
- 40 hours of work for a set schedule OR 44 hours for a flexible schedule.
To Earn a CHOICE Program Share
- 80 hours of work gives you a $532 discount off your subscription price for a set schedule OR $500 discount for a flexible schedule.
- 160 hours of work gives you a $1064 discount off your subscription price for a set schedule OR $1000 discount for a flexible schedule.
- remaining balance must be paid in full before program begins or AUTOMATED payments must be set up through our Member Assembler Payment process.
Other Ways to Earn Food
“Worker Share for a Day” Volunteer program:
- Call or email the farm, in advance, to let them know you would like to come out to help (all volunteers must be 16 yrs of age or older).
- If you bring 2 or more helpers with you, we will give you $20 for gas. Use our carpool page to help fill your car.
- Everyone that volunteers has access to gratitude food which is any extra food that is harvestable that day and/or food off the seconds table.
I want to trade/barter my Non-Farm skills
- Folks that have skills that we need to help grow and maintain the farm, may be able to trade for food. These situations are best discussed and negotiated in person. Contact Tim@lotfotl.com to schedule a meeting.
Can my friend/spouse and I split the required hours and share the produce? We allow people to split the Weekly share for an additional 4 hours work commitment.
Do I have to work if it is raining? Yes. We are of course, safe and reasonable here at the farm, so if it is lighting out, we do not work out in the field, but will complete other tasks. We also try to adjust our work to be compatible with the weather, but we do work on the farm rain or shine. The show must go on and shares must be delivered every Thursday.
When can I begin putting in hours? Most worker shares will begin putting in hours when the regular CSA season begins, which is scheduled for the first week of June. Depending on the weather, we may have earlier work opportunities that come up. This is communicated via email.
Do I have to keep a set schedule? We prefer that you commit to a weekly or biweekly schedule so that we can be prepared to use our staff effectively. Those that do, get the best work price for their food. We also offer a flexible hours option to a limited number of applicants. These folks work a few extra hours for the convenience of this flexibility.
I am only available for part of the season, can I fit in all of my hours early in the year? Yes, we have some openings for worker shares that work more hours more often for part of the season. Please check the Flexible Schedule options.
Do you have a carpooling list? Yes! We have created a LotFotL group on groupcarpools.com. You can post a listing on our group to offer a ride or to find a ride out to the farm. The more people that create a post the more successful it will be. We felt this was a more secure way to arrange rides than to post emails on our website. Please click here to learn more.
What do I need to bring with me? We supply all of the physical tools that are used on the farm. Some folks like to bring their own garden gloves and most bring a water bottle. Make sure to dress for the weather and be prepared for it to potentially change. Although, we do have some rain coats and pants, you may want to bring your own. Good work shoes that you are ready to get dirty and muddy are best and rain boots when it is appropriate. If you are working for more than 4 hours we recommend bringing a snack or lunch to eat on your break.
Will I get my veggie box on the day that I work? We pack and deliver boxes on Wednesday afternoon. We cannot give you a box earlier than that. If you would like to get your veggies on the same day that you work, we suggest working on Thursday or Friday. Otherwise, you will choose a pick up site to get your veggies on Thursday each week.
Do I need farming experience? No! Just a earnest desire to learn and participate. Appropriate candidates will be of good health, capable of lifting, able to work in the sun, sleet, or cold outdoor weather that life in Wisconsin mandates. You will bend, stoop, lift, pull, and use your body in many ways that terrestrial life in the postmodern age does not typically call upon.