Worker Share Volunteers

Trade work for a farm membership

A worker share volunteer helps the farm in the field or at our markets, and gets a free membership in return. Troy Farm membership is a market share, which means members get a line of credit to spend on whatever vegetables they like throughout the season. This credit can be used at our Thursday farm stand and our booth at the Northside Farmers’ Market. As members of the farm, worker share members enjoy all the benefits of membership. Please read more about being a farm member for details. You can apply now for the worker share position of your choice.

We offer the following worker share positions: Full Season Field, Summer Field (limited number available), Wednesday Community Meal Prep, Thursday Community Meal Server, Thursday Market, Sunday Market, and Sprouts Pack Out.

Worker share volunteers are an essential part of our farm. Your hard work and contribution to our farm business, as well as to our farm family, is truly valued. We could not do it without you!

Please read the program and position descriptions below and fill out the online application form.

Overview of worker share positions

Full Season Field Worker

Season: June 3 – October 14

Hours and membership: 80 hours over the season (4 hours per week for 20 weeks); $600 share

Schedule: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday morning

Location: Troy Farm, 502 Troy Drive

Full Season Field Worker Shares help the farmers for 80 hours over the 20-week season, June 3 – October 14. Suggested volunteer times are Wednesday-Friday mornings. Full Season Field Worker Shares receive a $600 share. Field worker shares are part of the farm crew and will mostly help the farm with morning harvest and post-harvest cleaning and packing. Other production tasks may include: planting, weeding, mulching, trellising, etc. Please be aware that this is a very physical job that involves lifting, kneeling on the ground, and working in various weather conditions.

Summer Field Worker

Season: June 4 – Aug 27

Hours and membership: 80 hours over the course of 14 weeks; $600 share

Schedule: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays

Location: Troy Farm, 502 Troy Drive

Summer Field Worker Shares help the farmers for 80 hours over the 14 week summer season, June 4 – August 27. Suggested volunteer times are Wednesday-Friday mornings. Summer Field Worker Shares receive a $600 share. See Full Season Field Worker description for tasks.

Thursday Market Worker

Season: June 3 – August 6 or August 13 – Oct 15

Hours and membership: 50 hours over the season (5 hours per week for 10 weeks); $375 share

Schedule: 3-8 p.m. Thursdays

Location: Troy Kids’ Garden Pavilion, 502 Troy Drive

Thursday Market Worker Shares help the farm for 5 hours per week (Thursday evenings) for 10 weeks and receive a $375 share. During Thursday Nights at Troy, worker share volunteers help to set-up, run, and break down the market, including setting up the display, stocking produce, and interacting with and selling produce to customers.

Sunday Market Worker

Season: June 7 – August 9 or August 16 – Oct 18

Hours and membership: 50 hours a season (5 hours per week for 10 out of 20 weeks); $375 share

Shift: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays

Location: Northside Town Center, 2901 N. Sherman Ave, Madison

Sunday Market Worker Shares help us at the farmers market for 5 hours per week (Sunday mornings) for 10 weeks and receive a $375 share. Sunday market worker shares help set up our stand at the Northside Farmers’ Market, stock the display, interact with customers and conduct sales, and break down the stand at the end of the market.

Wednesday Community Meal Worker

Season: June 3 – Sep 16

Hours and membership: 60 hours a season (4 hours per week for 15 weeks); $450 share

Schedule: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday (schedule may vary week to week)

Location: TBD (FEED Kitchen or Badger Rock Neighborhood Center)

Wednesday Community Meal Worker Shares help prep food for 4 hours per week (Wednesday afternoons) for 15 weeks and receive a $450 share. Wednesday Community Meal Worker Shares prepare ingredients for Thursday’s Community Meal. This includes basic preparing and cooking farm produce, guided by the Community Meal Manager.

Thursday Community Meal Worker

Season: June 3 – Sep 16

Hours and membership: 75 hours a season (5 hours per week for 15 weeks); $560 share

Schedule: 3-8 p.m. Thursdays

Location: Troy Kids’ Garden Pavilion, 502 Troy Drive

Thursday Community Meal Worker Shares help prepare and serve food for 5 hours per week (Thursday evenings) for 15 weeks and receive a $560 share. Thursday Community Meal Worker Shares help run our Community Meal Event. This includes setting up for the event, serving, and cleaning up/breaking down after the event.

Sprouts Worker

Season: June 4 – Oct 15

Hours and membership: 80 hours over the season (4 hours per week for 20 weeks); $600 share

Schedule: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursdays

Location: Troy Sprouts Room at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 E. Badger Road

Sprouts Worker Shares help package sprouts for 4-hours per week (Thursday mornings) for 20 weeks and receive a $600 share. Sprouts are grown and packaged at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center and are sold at our farm stand and local grocery stores.

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