Volunteer Req

Southside CSA is run by volunteers and relies on its members to facilitate distribution and strengthen the community through mandatory work shifts. YOU are Southside CSA. Southside CSA is NOT a business. Each share group commits to fulfilling at least 2 volunteer shifts to the CSA during the season.  Signing up for membership implies a commitment to help be responsible to make this whole thing run.

All share groups complete a total of 6 hours of volunteer service over the 7 month season. The 6 hours of volunteer service are broken down into 2 volunteer shifts:

  • Distribution shift: 3 hours helping at distribution (Mondays from 6-9pm)
  • Driving or Organizing shift: 3 hours helping organize for the Southside CSA community (Various choices; Listed below)

At your sign-up appointment, in addition to choosing your share packages and making a deposit, you will schedule your first volunteer shift – the required distribution shift. You will be *penciling* yourself into the volunteer calendar. We realize that it is hard to know your Summer & Fall schedules but we appreciate your ability to humor us and help schedule things.  We send out email reminders the week before your shifts and are always willing to reschedule as your schedule shifts around.

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Controlling cost through group support of a family farm

Volunteers at a Distribution Shift

Every share group must complete one 3 hour distribution shift from 6-9pm. Each week there will be 5-6 members working distribution. The members show up at 6pm, help organize the shares for pick-up, and check in members during the shift and then help clean up at the end.

[2nd Shift Options]

Each share family must complete 2 volunteer shifts or approximately 6 hours of *labor*. Every share fam does a distribution shift unless there is a needed exemption. Depending on membership numbers and the number of distribution sites there may not be enough Distribution shifts for everyone to do a second one, but we do also have shifts that help with other CSA functions.

DRIVER — Drive (your car) filled with all the “leftovers” to our donation spot – The Southside Mission located at 280 Marcy in South Williamsburg and various free fridges around the city.

There are also volunteer jobs and tasks that help keep the CSA organized. Examples include: delivery invoicing, designing posters, posting on social media accounts, sending payment reminders, etc.

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Distribution volunteers running the show

Volunteers driving the leftovers to the Southside Mission

Volunteers driving the leftovers to the Southside Mission 

Berry share check-in at distribution.

Distribution Volunteer

Distribution Volunteer

4 Responses

  1. Hi There,

    I’m currently a student at Parsons The New School For Design doing their Design & Management program. As part of our studies we learn a lot about sustainability, and I came across your CSA doing research. I’m not currently a member, but I’m extremely interested in the CSA Process. I was wondering if you had any opportunities for (or would be interested in having) an intern/apprentice possition. If so, I’d love to apply! Please let me know if that would be possible, and if so where I could send my resume and a more detailed cover letter.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, its great!

    Thanks,
    Jenna

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