Our farm work parties offer you an opportunity to trade your time for veggies. It's a simple concept based on two basic principles...
We have fresh, organic veggies. You have a couple of hours of spare time and are capable of doing physical tasks such as bending, lifting, and stretching.
You bend, lift and stretch for a couple of hours, then take home some of our organic veggies.
We like to think of it as a workout with a bonus...the bonus is the delicious, wholesome food you get to take away with you when you're done. Name a gym that does that for you!
Farm work parties are held fairly regularly, and everyone who wants to pitch in is welcome to participate.
Please read our FAQ section below to get all the details before joining in for your first work party.
Here's a great example of how a work party makes a big job way more manageable (and fun!)...
We put a large section of our garden area into asparagus, and we needed to get it mulched to keep the weeds down and the moisture in. It would have been a HUGE job for one person, but by holding a few work parties, the job was done in no time. Plus everyone got a great workout, a fun social time, and some fabulous organic veggies to take home as a thank you. Win-win!
In the background you'll see the unmulched asparagus plants...all 22 x 80 foot rows!
In the foreground, a work partier loads up her wheelbarrow with mulch.
The mulch is spread around by another crew of helpers, who enjoy some social time while doing the "wheelbarrow workout."
Everyone enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done, and our asparagus beds will benefit for years to come.
Thank you, work partiers!
When are the farm work parties held?
We hold work parties on different days and times, both to accommodate
the varying schedules of those who would like to participate, and
according to our needs and other priorities on the farm. Currently, we
announce all work party dates on our farm Facebook page and we ask that you follow us there to find out when the next one is.
Sessions are usually 2 hours in length, sometimes longer or shorter, but we always post details like the start time and tasks in advance.
Where is the farm located?
Our farm address, directions and a map can be found here. Please take the first (gravel) driveway that is marked with our address and the farm market sign. There is parking alongside the market tent and we meet in front of the gate. Please do not block the gate with your vehicle, as farm vehicles and equipment often need access. If many people are expected, we may open the vehicle gate so you can access parking inside. In this case, someone will meet you at the gate to direct you.
I can't make it at the start time. Can I come later?
We do ask participants to please arrive on time (especially if it's your first time)
so we don't have to repeat the orientation and instructions. Depending on the task, it may be inconvenient or difficult for us to leave the work party to meet latecomers, for example if we are working up at the barn or in one of the top pastures.
What kinds of tasks will I be doing?
Tasks are varied, change with the season, and are always posted in advance so you'll know if you're up for it. Examples of things we might be doing at a farm work party include...
Is there anything I should bring with me?
We supply all tools and equipment like shovels, rakes, hoes and wheelbarrows. Dress for the weather, as we work outdoors in all conditions. In addition to a sun or rain hat, and boots if it's wet, you may wish to bring other items such as work gloves, bug repellent, and/or a water bottle.
What kinds and how much veggies will I get?
The type and amount of veggies available will vary with the season. We do our best to grow enough food to have plenty of "veggie currency" available, but the time of year and growing conditions ultimately decide what's available on any given day. We do post what veggies we expect to have when we post details of the work party, so you'll have a good idea what to expect.
Please remember that not all veggies you might see in the garden will necessarily be available to trade. They may be reserved for an advance order or for next year's seed, or they may not be quite ready for harvest. We will always let you know what you can help yourself to and what's off limits.
We appreciate your efforts in helping us around the farm, and we want you to leave happy with what you accomplished, and with your veggie bonus. We also hope you'll leave with a greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing organic food. So we simply ask you to take whatever amount of food you feel represents a fair exchange for your help.
Can I get eggs, meat and dry goods too?
We offer our excess produce for trade, and unfortunately we rarely have extra eggs or meat as they are in such high demand. Dry goods are brought in from other producers at a hard cost to us, so these are also not available for trade. You are welcome to purchase these while you're here for a work party, if we have any available.
Can I bring my dog?
As we are a working farm with livestock, we ask that you not brings dogs or other animals onto the farm property.
Can I bring my kids?
We understand that it can be difficult to arrange for child care at times, but unfortunately our insurance does not allow us to have children under the age of 12 participating in work parties.
For children 13 and over, we ask that you please ensure they actually want to come and work at the tasks listed for the specific work party. It's important that they understand we are not offering a petting zoo or a "farm experience," but rather we are offering fresh produce in exchange for farm work. If your 13+ kids would like to participate in this exchange, they are more than welcome.
Kids between the ages of 13 and 18 must have a parent or guardian attend with them please, again for insurance reasons. The accompanying adult must be able and willing to provide direct supervision for the youth, and young folks will need to remain with their parent or guardian while on the farm property.
Remember, to find out when the next work party will be, check in at our farm Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you soon!