We have enough harvest help for this season, but are happy to take your information and notify you for next year's harvest.
If you can pick pennies from the ground, you can harvest chestnuts!
Our harvest starts early-September and continues thru to mid-October, more or less. We gather the chestnuts as they fall, seven days a week. We start with a few people but call in more pickers as the nut-fall increases.
Shift times are flexible, but we suggest that 4 hours a day is about all most folks can be productive. We try to call only enough workers so that each picker can have worthwhile and productive day.
Chestnuts are gathered by hand from the ground under the trees. Employees are assigned a row of trees and given buckets and heavy leather gloves (provided). The assigned row is thoroughly picked clean of all burrs and chestnuts. This is for several reasons---chestnuts left on the ground lose quality quickly and foster insect pests--also burrs impede succeeding harvesters. Full buckets of burrs and nuts are taken to one of several cleaning stations in the field where the harvester separates the nuts and discards the burrs. Harvesters then tote the chestnuts to the cleaning shed for weigh-in.
Harvesters will need a SS# and must complete a W-4 and an I-9 at the start of their first day. We also ask that you read and sign a harvest instruction sheet.
Chestnut harvesters are paid by weight of the de-burred nuts; per-pound rates increase the more a harvester picks.
We recommend all harvesters wear sturdy shoes (keep in mind the grass is heavy with dew in the mornings), big hats, long pants and long sleeves to protect against the sharp chestnut burrs which sometimes fall from above. Children should bring their own child-sized gloves. Harvesters are responsible for their own personal bug repellent and sunscreen. Families are welcome and can harvest as teams--children under 12 should have adult supervision present. We are an organic farm and do not use herbicides or pesticides but that doesn't mean that we are risk-free. Some natural pests and allergens could be encountered. There are honeybee hives nearby. Harvesters are not supervised and will be responsible for themselves.
We are also looking for help with washing, inspecting and bagging the nuts, which often continues into the evening. We've found that some harvesters like to "take a break" and help with the processing. Because some machinery is involved, line workers must be at least 16. Pay is per hour.
For further information, email: email@example.com,
or call us at home, 785-841-8505.
Prospective employees apply using the box below. We will contact new employees for orientation as harvest comes near. We call more pickers as and when needed. Give us a reliable telephone number at which we can reach you directly--sometimes we are short handed on short notice.