The farm offers a work-share program, where CSA members commit to working on the farm for an afternoon each week in exchange for a half share. This deepens the connection to the food you receive and provides exposure to the natural processes and growing practices in the field.
Work share positions are available on Sunday afternoons, from 1:00-5:00pm. Tasks may vary from week to week, but will encompass all aspects of farm operation. There will be some harvesting in preparation for CSA pickup, but we also may be weeding, planting, or mulching. We hope to let you in on the full process of growing your vegetables. Work sharing is a great way to learn more about farming— it’s how I first got my hands in the soil! Work days are also a good chance to meet new people and hang out with friends while working on something. Some of the best chats I’ve had have happened across a bed of carrots to be weeded or beans picked. Lunch break happens just before the work day; work shares are invited to join.
In return, there are some things we ask of work share members:
- No prior farming or gardening experience is expected or required, but you should be ready to take direction in order to pick up tasks on the farm. We often work together as a group, but sometimes split up into smaller teams or work on individual tasks.
- You should be able to reliably and punctually show up for the work days, as the farm counts on these extra hands to get the week’s work done. If you’re unable to make it, we’d welcome and appreciate a friend sent in your place.
- You should be able to provide transportation for yourself to and from the farm. The farm is in Seekonk, MA, about 20 minutes away from Providence by car. It takes about an hour to bike the 9 miles from Providence. Carpools may be available, but cannot be guaranteed.
- You should be ready and eager to do the physical work involved in farming. Farming is a full-body effort, and you can expect to squat, kneel, lift, and pull throughout the day. Most work will occur in the field, which may be uneven or slippery at times. If you think this may be a limitation, get in touch so we can talk about accommodating your needs.
- You should be ready to work in all weather conditions, be it rain, heat, or cold. As much as we can, we find indoor tasks during inclement weather, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Some scorching field days in the summer sun are almost guaranteed. We ask that you provide your own water bottle, sunscreen, and rain gear. We do have a big water jug for refills.
If this sounds like an appealing arrangement to you, get in touch! If Sundays don’t work for you, it may be possible to schedule for another day of the week. We ask that potential work shares come out to the farm in the spring for a tour and brief working interview.
If a season-long work share seems like more than you want,
you can still come out to visit or volunteer!
Just reach out to us and we can arrange a time.