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 Season Field, Thursday Market, and Sunday Market.

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 1 – October 29

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. Tuesday, 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. 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, box packing, etc. Please be aware that this is a very physically demanding job that involves lifting, kneeling on the ground, and working in various weather conditions.

Summer Field Worker

Season: June 1 – Aug 27

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

Schedule: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 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. Summer Field Worker Shares receive a $600 share. See Full Season Field Worker description for tasks.

Thursday Market Worker

Season: June 3 – October 21

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

Schedule: 3:15-7:15 p.m. Thursdays

Location: Troy Kids’ Garden Pavilion, 502 Troy Drive

Thursday Market Worker Shares help the farm for 4 hours per week (Thursday evenings) for 20 weeks and receive a $600 share. During the Thursday evening market stand at Troy, worker share volunteers help to set-up, run, and break down the market, including stocking produce and interacting with and selling produce to customers.

Sunday Market Worker

Season: June 7 – October 17

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

Shift: Sundays 6:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Morning), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Midday), or 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Afternoon)

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

Sunday Market Worker Shares help at the farmers market for 4 hours per week (Sunday mornings) for 20 weeks and receive a $600 share.

The Morning Sunday Market Worker Shares help to load the truck at Troy Farm, set up the stand at the Northside Farmers’ Market, stock the display, interact with customers, and conduct sales.

The Midday Sunday Market Worker Shares stock the display interact with customers, and conduct sales.

The Afternoon Sunday Market Worker Shares stock the display, interact with customers, conduct sales, break down the stand at the end of the market, and help with after-market cleanup at Troy Farm.

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