The guides below are in pdf format and the versions without annotations are docx files. We strongly recommend reading the guide before making any changes to the model agreements without annotations.

As we update and improve the resources based on user feedback, we will post new versions of these guides. 

 

Model Membership Agreement and Guide

Model Membership Agreement, no annotations

This Model Member Agreement was prepared to serve the needs of CSA farmers and the CSA community for a comprehensive agreement that protects both the farmer and member. We believe that this agreement can improve communication between farmer and member, which will also improve customer retention and the strength of the CSA model long into the future. From poultry to cheese, grain, or vegetable producers, we encourage all CSA farmers to look closely at this document and use it as model for their membership agreement.

 

Model Worker Share Agreement and Guide

Model Worker Share Agreement, no annotations

Version 2 of this document presents two model agreements for farms that host worker shares. “Worker shares” are volunteers that serve the farm in exchange for food. Many CSA farms have a worker share program to reward committed, weekly volunteers with a free share in the CSA. A worker share agreement can encourage clear communication between farmer and worker share, while protecting the farmer from serious liability and employment concerns.

 

Model Volunteer Liability Waiver and Guide

Model Volunteer Liability Waiver, no annotations

This document presents a model waiver suitable for farms that accept volunteer assistance. To guide farmers in implementing the waiver on their own farm, we have written a brief explanation of when and how to use this waiver. In addition, the guide highlights the protections this waiver cannot provide.

 

Action Plan for Researching Internship Minimum Wage and Workers' Comp Laws

This resource will help farmers investigate their state’s minimum wage, workers’ comp and other laws that relate to internship programs.

 

Action Plan for Researching Worker Share Minimum Wage and Workers' Comp Laws

This resource will help farmers investigate their state’s minimum wage, workers’ comp and other laws that relate to worker share programs.

 

Feedback:

Would you be willing to help us improve these resources by completing a survey that should take less than 4 minutes of your time? If so, please follow this link. If you have additional questions about CSA legal issues, the survey includes an opportunity to give us your name and contact information to receive an individual response to your question.

 

These model agreements were made possible, in part, through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch Project NO. ILLU-470-309.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the funding agency.