Work Requirement

Membership in the Cobble Hill CSA requires 1-2 work shifts during distribution hours, depending on total membership, each shift running 1.75 hours.

Schedule your 2022 work shift by clicking HERE

The CSA is a volunteer-run cooperative with no paid staff, and we depend on the help of our members, especially during the season to distribute shares each Tuesday. Responsible participation is critical to our operations. The CSA functions solely on our work commitment to each other.  
There are two shift options every week (two members per shift) and entail supervising box pickup outside by our members. 

  • Tuesday pickup opening shift 4:15 to 6:00pm
  • Tuesday pickup closing shift: 6:00 to 7:45pm

After the 4 week sign up period ends, our work shift coordinator will send out an email to members, prompting them to select shifts that can work for them via our signup.com account

Running this season under Covid 19 safety precautions presents different issues which everyone in the cooperative should assist in managing for the welfare of every member involved.  In filling a site distribution work slot, you are filling an “essential” worker roll. Please be aware that the CSA has older members and others who may be more at risk and thus may not be able to work a shift this season.  However, no member should risk potential exposures to Covid 19 during CSA distribution and so we ask that everyone working and picking up follow current guidelines as given by NY State and the CDC.

We have done our best to cut down the number of members needed for this season’s work shifts and hope to keep the commitment to 1 shift per share. However, this will depend on the total membership once rolling sign up ends and may require the regular 2 shifts per share. 

For questions about the work requirement, please email us!

 

GENERAL NOTES ABOUT THE COOPERATIVE WORK REQUIREMENT

  • You will receive a reminder of your upcoming shift at the email address you provided the Wednesday prior to your shift. 
  • If your schedule changes after you receive the Wednesday reminder and you are unable to complete a shift for which you previously registered, please reach out to us asap so we can try to find another member to cover.  This is often very challenging to do at the last minute so please give us as much notice as possible or feel free to send a spouse, family member, friend to cover the shift if you’re able.
  • During work shifts, members may be asked to lift heavy items such as folding tables.  If physical labor is challenging for you, please notify the work shift coordinator for an alternate task to support the CSA behind-the-scenes operations.

WEEKLY WORK SHIFTS DESCRIPTION AND SAMPLE TASKS

Tuesday pickup opening shift 4:15 to 6:00pm

  1. A core group member will meet you at 4:15 at Christ Church to go over procedure and make sure the church is unlocked and you have the supplies you need.
  2. Grab folding table from inside chapel and set it up in the garden
  3. Hang CSA sign on the church gate.
  4. As members arrive to collect shares, verify their name/items from master list
  5. Flatten vegetable share boxes and stack them in designated area for pickup the following week
  6. Fruit boxes and bread bins should not be flattened but they should be kept intact and stored upstairs in the parish house for collection the following week.
  7. At end of shift, update Closing Shift volunteer as to remaining tasks and

Tuesday pickup closing shift: 6:00 to 7:45pm

  1. Take over distribution from Opening Shift Member.
  2. As members arrive to collect shares, verify their name/items from master list
  3. Flatten vegetable share boxes and stack them in designated area for pickup the following week
  4. Around 7:15pm start folding up tables and replace them in the chapel
  5. Make sure vegetable boxes have been flattened and fruit boxes are stored upstairs with bread bins.
  6. Flatten and recycle any avocado boxes
  7. At 7:30, take down sign and store in church storage area
  8. Consolidate any uncollected share boxes/bags for pick up by Emma’s Torch.
  9. Wait for core-member to arrive and lock up the church.