Harvest Leader Manual

  Scouting: parking


The large number of volunteers that are needed for farm harvests means careful planning for parking. This can be a sensitive issue for crop owners because parking is often on grass or dirt and can tear up the ground or compact it, or even risk fire from hot exhaust pipes on grass. Always discuss parking with the property owner and get explicit agreement. Parking can also be the limiting factor in how many volunteers can be included. As with the crop itself, actual measurements are important. Cars take up a surprising amount of room. Here are some guidelines:

  • Previous harvests have shown that you can expect about 1.5 volunteers per car.
  • In a row of cars parked end-to-end, plan for each car to take up 20 feet in length. This means that a quarter of a mile holds only 65 cars on one side.
  • In a line of cars parked head-in, plan for 9 or 10 feet width and 20 feet length for each car to allow for turning in and backing out.
  • If there are rows of cars parked in double rows, head-in and side-by-side, there must be 20 feet of clear space between the rows.


The large number of volunteers that are needed for farm harvests means careful planning for parking. This can be a sensitive issue for crop owners because parking is often on grass or dirt and can tear up the ground or compact it, or even risk fire from . Always discuss parking with the property owner and get explicit agreement. Parking can also be the limiting factor in how many volunteers can be included. As with the crop itself, actual measurements are important. Cars take up a surprising amount of room. Here are some guidelines:

  • Previous harvests have shown that you can expect about volunteers per car.
  • In a row of cars parked end-to-end, plan for each car to take up feet in length. This means that a quarter of a mile holds only cars on one side.
  • In a line of cars parked head-in, plan for feet width and 20 feet length for each car to allow for turning in and backing out.
  • If there are rows of cars parked in double rows, head-in and side-by-side, there must be feet of clear space between the rows.


Parking for cars:
Is usually not a limiting factor at large harvests
Is not very predictable from harvest to harvest.
Is limited to areas the owner designates.
A harvest has parking along a road with 2 ten-foot wide shoulders. How many cars will fit in a quarter of a mile?
110
130
150
There is room for 25 cars at a harvest. How many pickers can be expected?
40
30
50
A field 100 feet long and 40 feet wide will fit how many cars?
15
25
20
A harvest is posted for 100 pickers. If they can park head-in along one side of a road, how many feet of road are needed?
435
540
625