Moose Hill CSA Work Hours & Chore Options for Shareholders

From the beginning, the Moose Hill Community Farm has relied upon work hours provided by shareholders given over the season as the best way to help connect our shareholders with our land, with our crops, with us, and with each other.

Over the years, we have added hours so that every day of the week has an option for our shareholders. However, while we love having shareholders join us in the fields, we realize that sometimes this commitment provides a burden for individuals and families. Shareholders now have an option to buy-out their work hours commitment.

In order to best track commitments, we ask shareholders to choose one of the following options for the season, either Harvest/Weed, Distribution, or the Buy-out. After registration, please check your confirmation for a link with additional information about the CSA and for shareholders to make their choice. 

Prefer not to do a buy-out, but the options listed provide a hardship for you? Please contact us at moosehillcsa@massaudubon.org before the season starts as we have a limited number of other, non-physical, work options available.                 

Buy-out Option

Love fresh, organic vegetables, but getting dirty in the fields or finding the time in a busy schedule keeps you from committing time to work with us? New for 2017, you now have a choice to buy-out your work commitment. This will allow us the opportunity to plan for our summer so that we can be sure to bring in the full harvest for our shareholders. More information on all of these options will be sent to registrants with their confirmation upon the completion of registration.

Harvest/Weed

This is our greatest need. Harvesting is a great way to learn about how the farm is run and about how different crops are grown. Weeding helps our crops grow stronger. You will work alongside our CSA manager, apprentices, farmhands, and other shareholders. It will be a good physical workout–harvesting and weeding require a lot of bending, and be prepared to get dirty as you work in the fields.

We welcome children to help in the fields; it’s a great way for them to be a part of the process of farm to table, learning where their food comes from and how it grows. However, their time is not counted towards the work hour requirement for shareholders.

When harvesting during the morning hours, we will bunch and box items as we go. Weeding provides some evening and weekend hours for those who may not be able to make weekday morning commitments. Harvesting and weeding will take place rain, shine, or high heat! You will want to bring water, sunscreen, hat, and snacks if you need them – shorts are fine, but no sandals or flip-flops.

Regular Shares require a commitment of 6 hours to fulfill work hour requirements

Super Shares require a commitment of 8 hours to fulfill work hour requirements

We provide opportunities throughout the entire week to fulfill work hour requirements:

  • Sunday 8-10 am or 10 am-noon
  • Monday 7-10 am or 9 am-noon
  • Tuesday 5-7 pm
  • Wednesday 7-10 am or 9 am-noon
  • Thursday 5-7 pm
  • Friday 7-10 am or 9 am-noon
  • Saturday 8-10 am

Distribution Table

Perfect for shareholders who love learning about the crops available at distribution and who enjoy sharing what they learn with fellow shareholders, including recipes and storage tips. You help with shareholder check-in, restock vegetables, help with pick-your-own, and clean-up at the end of the distribution.

Each distribution will be overseen by one of our 2 apprentices, providing a consistent person to answer your questions and other shareholder questions about the crops. Although you will not get as dirty as those harvesting or weeding, you will see some dirt attach itself to you – it’s a farm after all.

There is some lifting involved and distribution will take place rain, shine, or high heat! You will want to bring water, snacks if you need them, and a good sense of humor – we suggest no sandals or flip-flops as you may need to go to the fields to assist other shareholders or oversee the pick-your-own.

Regular Shares require a commitment of 7 hours to fulfill work hour requirements

Super Shares require a commitment of 10.5 hours to fulfill work hour requirements

Because Distribution happens on specific days, the available times to fulfill work hour requirements are as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:45-7:15 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am-1 pm