CSA Work Share Members
In addition to RFA’s events and educational programs, Working Share Memberships are another way the community becomes a vital part of our mission and our projects. Your hard work helps make our shared harvest more cost-effective while giving you a first-hand look at how and where your vegetables are grown.
What are the benefits of a Work Share Membership?
As a Work Share Member you receive a $100 rebate off your share price after fulfilling 16 hours of work time with RFA. Just like full-priced members you’ll receive approx. 8-12 items of freshly harvested, organically grown produce every week. You’ll also have the rewarding experience of working with our farm team and learning about growing and harvesting organic produce.
What’s the cost of a Work Share Membership?
$650 (after rebate) with 16 work hours. Work Shares are available for Cropsey Farm pick-ups only. In exchange for 16 hours of work exchange with the farm team you’ll receive a $100 rebate off the price of a regular share. Rebates are given at the end of the season upon completion of work hours.
How do I purchase a Work Share?
Just go to our CSA sign-up website (click HERE) and choose “Working Vegetable Share” as your membership type on the first page. On the next page choose Cropsey as your pick-up location with either Tuesday or Saturday as your pick-up day. Then follow the directions on subsequent pages to complete the process. Work will take place at Cropsey Community Farm in New City, NY.
How do I fulfill my work hours at the farm?
Cropsey Community Farm will hold Volunteer Days on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and 2nd and last Saturdays of each month. Working Share Members can attend these Volunteer Days to complete their work exchange hours. Work exchange hours completed during Farm Volunteer Days does not need to be scheduled in advance. Simply, sign in and out from your shift.
For those of you who are not interested in field work, some additional work exchange opportunities are available in helping distribute CSA shares on Tuesdays and Saturdays or helping set up and clean up from our annual Farm Dinner. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule one of these shifts.
If I’m splitting a membership must I still work 16 hours?
The 16-hour work requirement applies to the membership. So, if you’re sharing a membership, you and your partners may split the work time between you as you choose.
Can I bring someone besides share partners to work with me at the farm?
Sure! Their work time will count toward your 16 hours.
Does work take place in inclement weather?
Farm work is rain or shine unless lightening or other extenuating circumstances make our Farm Manager decide to cancel.
How should I dress/prepare for work at the farm?
Since work takes place rain or shine please dress accordingly. Bring a sun hat, gardening gloves, boots or shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy, sunscreen, bug spray, water, a snack and whatever else you think you need. If you’re allergic to bee stings, remember to bring your epi-pen, just in case!
Where do I park?
Park in the field directly across from the entrance to Red Hill Nursery. There will be a sign at the driveway entrance.
What’s the procedure for farm work days?
Go to the farmhouse bungalow behind the red barn to check in. On the table there will be a red binder with Work Share Member time sheets in alphabetical order and a basket with Volunteer Information Forms.
The FIRST time you come to work – Complete the Volunteer Information Form. Please sign all waivers & releases. Everyone working with you, whether or not they are a CSA member, must complete the forms before working on the farm.
EVERY time you come to the farm to work – Find your time sheet in the red binder and make a check next to your name for this shift.
- A farm staffer will give you your work assignment and instructions.
- If there’s no farm staffer in the bungalow, as may happen if you arrive later in the day after work has started, just look around the fields and find one to get your work assignment.
- Upon shift completion, note any change in time and total hours worked and have your farm team supervisor initial next to the hours worked.
Sign me up! Click HERE to join our 2018 CSA.