We have learned that vocabulary is important. Including the art of inventing vocabulary. There have been quite a few people come through here where we really didn't need any vocabulary. And there have been quite a few people come through where our vocabulary wasn't rich enough. And then there are a lot of people that come through where they very much want to do good and awesome things, but a little improvement in clarity helps everything be a bit smoother.
project labor: for boots, this is 40 hours per week. Working on lab projects. Building stuff - mostly. During a workshop this could include all sorts of different support. Could include planting/mulching gardens. Or canning food. Large repairs. Most of the benefit is for beyond the next month.
personal labor: cooking for yourself, cleaning up after yourself, doing your own laundry, harvesting something from the garden that you are going to eat, repairing something you broke ...
nest labor: for boots, this is a required 4 to 8 hours per week. The idea is that if you have a 40 hour a week job, then after the 40 hours, you still come home and clean your house, shop for groceries (or harvest food via wildcrafting or from a garden). This is stuff that is of benefit to you and the group. Shoveling snow, getting in firewood, starting a fire, deep cleaning, sweeping, cleaning the showers, minor repairs for the group ... most of the benefit is within the next month. Sometimes this is direction from fred and sometimes boots come up with ideas of things they would like to do. Maybe there can be some stuff that boots do for future boots that isn't exactly a "must have" but more of a "it would be cool to have". Maybe building a towel rack or a bench - things that improve "the nest" for everybody.
bounty labor: Optional. Evening/weekend projects that could result in coin or fysh. Some folks like to have a little extra jingle in their pocket. For cell phones, or clothes or tasty treats from the good food store ... We are prepared to put up a couple hundred bucks per boot per month once the boot is good and settled in.
soul labor: Optional. Using the resources here to do a project for the sake of building your own experiences. Maybe carving a wooden spoon or firing up the rocket oven to bake something. One guy built a dry stack wall with a moon gate in it. Emily and Tony built the bee hut. Some people have had their own little garden patch.