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Sharing Labor

Working side-by-side in a productive garden is a powerful way to build friendships and community. Perhaps you want to work in a garden, but don’t have time to commit to managing one yourself. Or maybe you have a garden, but your small children or mobility issues prevent you from weeding regularly or hauling compost.

At Alfrea, we match people who want to work in a garden with people who need help.

 

How to Offer Labor

 

Before you offer to work in your neighbor’s garden, consider the following questions:

-How much time can you spend each week working in the garden?

-What days of the week are you available? What time of the day?

-When can you start? How long will the labor-sharing arrangement last?

-Where would you like to volunteer? Close to home? On a farm?

-Do you want compensation of any kind?

 

After considering these questions, you can do one of two things:

-Search for someone looking for help, using the search bar on the homepage .

-Create a post  offering to share labor with someone in your community.

 

How to Request Labor

 

Before you ask for help in your garden or on your farm, consider the following questions:

-What kind of help do you need? Does your helper need to be able to haul dirt, or just help with weeding, pruning and other light tasks?

-How much help do you need? How many hours a week?

-What days of the week do you need help? What time of day?

-When would you like your helper to start? How long will the labor-sharing arrangement last?

-Will you provide compensation of some kind? Will you share the harvest?

 

After considering these questions, you can do one of two things:

-Search for someone looking to help, using the search bar on the homepage

-Create a post requesting help from someone in your community.

You’ve found a match! It’s time reach out and connect. Have a look at your neighbor’s profile, and use the contact option to start a conversation. Your message will go directly to their email inbox – just click send and wait for their response. It’s that easy!

 

Here are some questions you will want to ask:

 

  • When can we meet to look at the garden?
  • Who will provide resources, like water and tools?
  • Will we share the harvest? Will the arrangement include other forms of compensation?

 

NOTE

Alfrea DOES NOT accept any payments for sharing labor! The financial details are strictly left between the provider and laborer.  We cannot ensure the landowner will pay promptly. Labor at your own risk!

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