Make The Most Of Your Local Farm Shares
What’s the easiest way to defray the cost of your foods? Work on your local farm!
The working share commitment is 12 hours of work in exchange for a $100 vegetable share discount. We consider “work” to include both on-farm and off-farm activities such as volunteering at a booth during a festival or show, especially for those located over 30 miles from the farm. We require a minimum of three hours of on-farm work.
We also count volunteering for farm events including Spring Farm Tour, Harvestival, farm dinners here on the farm towards the 12 hours.
For safety reasons, we cannot have dpets or kids under 12 on the farm during your work hours. We do count on the labor of all of our working share members and deeply appreciate your commitment to help us out through the summer; that’s part of why it’s called community supported agriculture!
Working Member FAQs
Q: How long is the on-farm working member season at Grant Farms CSA?
A: Volunteer days will begin in April and run through October.
Q: When are the off-farm and event working dates?
A: The regional off-farm work dates and event working dates will vary. Please read over the weekly newsletter for upcoming events in the “Working Member” section. We may also send emails from time to time with a list of upcoming events.
Q: Do I need to schedule a time or can I just show up?
A: We do ask that working members sign up for group volunteering days or events (an email link for sign up will be included to rsvp for the number of people volunteering). When you decide to volunteer, it is important that you be on time to your local farm or to the event. We want to get out into the field as quickly as possible and part of the farm ethic is to show up on time ready to go. In order to facilitate being on time, we ask members to look at a map to 12155 North County Road 15, Wellington, CO 80549 before your scheduled shift. Driving time from south Denver could be as much as an hour and a half.
Q: What kind of work will I be doing at the farm?
A: Volunteer working days may consist of garden prep, planting, weeding, harvesting, packing for CSA boxes or event volunteering at our farm events including Spring Farm Tour, Farm Dinners, and Harvestival.
Q: What kind of work will I be doing off the farm?
A: For members who live in our delivery areas, we need help promoting the CSA at various events in metro areas such as Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Northern Colorado. Events involve working the Grant Farms CSA booth and sharing the program with potential customers.
Q: What if I can’t make it out to the farm for my scheduled work day?
A: If you absolutely can’t make it out to the farm, please let Ann know as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org (you will also be able to modify your sign-up online). When you schedule a time to be here we plan for and count on you to make it. However, we do understand that life is unpredictable and unexpected obligations arise. Again, just please let us know as soon as you can if you are unable to make a scheduled time. If you find out only at the last minute that you’ll be unable to make it, (or if you are running very late) please call rather than email as we will probably be out of the office. Please call the following numbers to let us know by calling the office: 970-568-7654
Please consult a map or look at the driving directions ahead of time to cut down on drive-time surprises.
Q: Does the farm ever cancel scheduled work days?
A: Only on rare occasions when there is extreme weather or an emergency on the farm that requires everyone’s attention will we cancel a work day. If you have doubt, please call before heading out to the farm.
Q: Can I bring children?
A: We advise against bringing children younger than 12 years to accompany your working share shift. Kids are always welcome but hot sun or cold days tend to make the little ones a little unhappy
Q: What should we bring to the farm?
A: Please come prepared for being outside in northern Colorado’s fickle weather. That usually means dressing in layers, bringing gloves and a hat, sunscreen, and close-toed, sturdy shoes. Also be sure to bring some food and water. But above all, bring a positive attitude and a desire to get some work done.
Q: Where do we meet?
A: Follow the driveway to the sign marked “Working Members Park Here.” Come on in the office and introduce yourself to Ann
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Unfortunately pets are NOT allowed. This is due in part to food safety regulations and in part to protecting your pooch and the free running birds on the farm.
Q: How are hours credited?
A: Your work hours can be completed by you and any other adults you can talk into helping you. At the beginning of each shift, Ann will take your information and keep track of them towards your 12 hours. Ann will send an updated of your hours in early August and early September to remind you of any remaining hours and activities available to complete your working share. If you do not complete your hours by October 15, you will be contacted via email to let you know we are charging your card on file* for the balance of your discount (prorated based on hours worked).
We look forward to meeting and working with you. It’s community supported agriculture; we could not make this happen without you!
As part of the working share, Ann will contact you for a credit card number to keep on file for her records in the event that working hours are not completed.