Harvest Leader Manual

  Harvest: assistants 2

Handwashing Station: For farm harvests, a hand washing station will be provided. An assistant can monitor supplies, direct volunteers, and explain the procedure. Pumping soap, helping with the water spigot and handing out paper towels, helps speed up the process. Latex gloves are not allowed in the field. Non-latex gloves can be found in the harvest tote for volunteers who wish to wear gloves. Even people who wear gloves, need to wash their hands before putting on the gloves.

Harvest orientation: Assistants read the text prepared by the Harvest Leader or Harvest Director about the crop, boundaries, picking technique, etc. An outline of the orientation script can be downloaded [http://www.salemharvest.org/Documents/HarvestOrientation.pdf">here. Note that this is only an outline and must be customized for each particular harvest.

Ladder safety Orientation: The assistant first asks if any volunteers in the group have already passed the ladder safety test online. Those that say they have are verified on the list that is printed with the roster. These volunteers are given ladders without having to hear orientation. Then the assistant presents the ladder safety orientation to the rest and distributes ladders. With harvests where ladders are far from the ladder trailer or there is potential that ladders will be left in the field, the ladders are handed out in exchange for driver’s licenses to ensure their return. The Ladder Safety Orientation can be downloaded [http://www.salemharvest.org/Documents/Ladder%20Safety%20Training%20at%20Harvests.pdf"> here.

ATV driver: The ATV assistant must have passed the State’s test and have an Oregon All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Education card and be approved by the board. Coordination of the ATV route to and from the crop and the placement of the donation area should be planned in advance and reviewed with the driver and donation assistants. At harvests of heavy produce that use the ATV, it is essential that the driver have enough help loading and unloading the trailer. Ideally, the driver will just drive and others will manage the loading and unloading. ATV Safety Procedures and Policies can be downloaded [http://www.salemharvest.org/Documents/ATV%20policy.pdf">here .

Donation area: Assistants monitor and direct the donation of produce. Details of this job vary with the crop and transportation vehicle. This can include setting up boxes, loading the truck, helping volunteers fill clamshells, boxes or totes, monitoring the quality of produce and inviting volunteers to write a thank-you note to the property owner. Donation assistants should plan to stay until the end of the harvest. At harvests using a truck and boxes, the first task is to empty the truck and prepare for donations before the harvest starts, so some assistants in this area should arrive early.

Truck driver: Truck drivers for Marion Polk Food Share or Merced County Gleaning truck will typically be assigned by the Harvest Director. The database contains a list of approved drivers in case of emergencies.

The harvest orientation script:
Needs only a few details changed to be ready to use.
Sets the tone and conveys the spirit of Salem Harvest for pickers.
Can be skipped by pickers who have picked that crop before.
Ladder safety orientation:
Is required for anyone who uses a ladder at a harvest.
Is optional for volunteers that have heard it more than three times.
Can be skipped by those volunteers that have passed an online test.
The ATV driver:
Does not require a state license if he is driving his own ATV rather than Salem Harvest's vehicle.
Usually has enough help from the truck driver and assistants at the donation station.
Should have the route between the truck and the crop planned for efficiency and safety.
Donation area assistants:
Do not need to arrive early because it is a while after the harvest starts before donations begin to arrive.
May be the last assistants to leave the harvest.
Need not be fit as they can just run the electric lift and direct the ATV driver.
Truck drivers:
Are approved by Marion Polk Food Share to drive their trucks.
Must have an Oregon Commercial Drivers License.
Must be members of the Teamsters Union.