At Groché Organic Farms you can work at the farm in exchange for your share. The commitment of our worker share members is vital to the success of our farm and we count on them as if they are paid employees. Thus, it is important that worker share members understand expectations, so they can make an informed decision on participating. Please understand that everything explained below is to clarify your commitment to the farm, yourself, and fellow members.
Farm work is conducted in all types of weather, physically demanding, and subject to change weekly, but also very rewarding and enjoyable. Worker share members are expected to work in all-weather elements including rain, cold, intense heat, snow, and wind. The work itself may include planting, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, washing produce, portioning produce, packing share boxes, organizing areas, and general cleaning. The duties can change from week to week and multiple tasks may be performed in one shift. Farming is labor intensive and the ability to perform these tasks under all conditions is essential, so being in good physical condition is a must. You will be expected to lift up to 40 pounds and be able to bend, squat, kneel, crawl, and stand for long periods of time. Each task will be explained so while gardening or farming experience is a plus, it is NOT required. Spending time in the open outdoors and sharing experiences with fellow workers will result in fun and lasting summer memories.
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed accompany work share members at the farm during their shifts. We are often doing hard labor around equipment and it simply is not always a safe environment for younger children. We encourage worker share members to bring their younger children to the farm during their non-work hours and during our member farm events which are a great time for children to see and experience the farm. Also, if additional people come to help you with your shift, you will still need to work the full season length and the full shift length as work is planned according to our regular farm labor. Extra help is always appreciated, but please give us as much of a notice as possible if anyone will be accompanying you for your shift to minimize last minute work plan adjustments.