Big Train Farm

Rhode Island Certified Organic Vegetables Since 2008

Work Share Info

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The application period for 2017 work share positions is now closed

Work Share info for Big Train Farm

…So you’re interested in doing a work-share this year at the farm. Work-shares are essential in getting the work done every week, from the beginning of the season until we wrap up in the late-fall. We are looking for people who can commit themselves to the 2017 growing season and make it out on a weekly basis.  Every week you will come out to the farm for a 4-hour shift (on a specific day) and in return you receive a work-share’s worth of vegetables (essentially a ¾ share… more than a half-share, less than a full-share). If you are interested it is very important to consider the following list of information and see if it will work for you. Work-shares are awesome, and we have a ton of fun and laughs. Hope you will join us.

Work-share members…

1. Must commit to a weekly 4-hour shift in exchange for a 3/4-share of vegetables.  Shifts times available are Sundays 2-6pm, and Tuesdays 8-noon, 2-6pm.  The Tuesday morning shifts are limited.

2. Must be able to make your shifts on a weekly basis.  We are looking for people who are dependable on a weekly basis and a seasonal basis.  Look at your summer/fall plans.  If you see yourself being unavailable 3-4 weeks out of the season then the work-share is not a good option for you.  Students can set up a seasonal schedule, we can work with you.

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3.  Should consider the position with the same respect you would a job, take it seriously.  Calling out 20 minutes (or even an hour) before you are supposed to arrive is just not acceptable.  We ask that you treat us with respect and follow through on your commitment to be at the farm on time.  If you are consistently late then the work-share is not a good option for you.

4. Must have reliable transportation back and forth from the farm, 20 minute drive from the city. Many people bike to the farm from Providence (~45 minute ride). Also there is a bus which runs to the Rt.14 Wal-Mart.   From there it is a much shorter bike ride.  Car pooling will also most likely be an option.

5. Must be able to make it to the Thursday CSA pick-up in Providence. Shares will not be available at the farm!

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6. Must be willing to work in lousy weather. Rain or shine the show goes on. Bring rain jacket and pants (should probably always have them in your bag or car when you come). Often there is indoor work that can be done during the rain.

7.  We will have to get work done quickly and efficiently. You must come willing to work and be able to take instruction.

8. All members must commit to a shift in April or May before the CSA begins. Come out and work a shift and see how you like it.

9.  Work-shares will be working at two locations this year.  Most weeks we will be at Snake Hill Farm (1007  Snake Hill Rd, Chepachet RI), and some weeks we will be at Urban Edge Farm (35 Pippin Orchard Rd Cranston, RI).  Both places are about equidistant from Providence, Snake Hill a little further.

10. MOST IMPORTANT! You must have a good sense of humor! We kick around a lot of jokes and have a lot of fun.

If this all sounds good then sign up today!

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