LFF Volunteers

The Local Food Fair, like all of Farmshed programs, relies on the help of volunteers to bring fun and success to the event.

Volunteers of the 2018 event:

Receive a baked potato with basic toppings included
Are eligible to pre-order the new Farmshed t-shirt to wear at the event
Be able to enjoy the event before or after your shift as shifts are 3-4 hours, designed with your enjoyment of the event in mind!

Below you will find descriptions of roles at this year’s event as well as an All You Need to Know FAQ section. After reviewing roles, submit your top choices for your volunteer placement at the event and our volunteer coordinators will contact you with details before the event. 2018 Local Food Fair Volunteer Sign Up

Local Food Fair Food & Beverage Volunteer Roles

Fantastic Food Volunteers  

  • Assist restaurants as needed and assist SentryWorld staff with bussing

Brilliant Beverage Volunteers  

  • Accept tickets and distribute beverages, refill water as needed

Fun Food Demo Assistants

  • Help with needs of demonstrators at the event providing food-related demos

Basic Potato and Toppings Servers

  • Keep the spuds moving and the toppings full

Farm to Fork Competition Counters

  • Help tally the votes as they come for our friendly chef competition.

Local Food Fair Greeting, Support & Sales Volunteer Roles 

Gregarious Greeters

  • Welcome guests and give them a program and a 2018 Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas

Cordial Coat Check Volunteers

  • Receive and return coats from guests

Friendly Farmshed Table Assistants

  • Greet and sign in volunteers and help represent Farmshed

Excellent Exhibitor Support

  • Greet and sign in exhibitors
  • Provide exhibitor with map to their table and name tag
  • Assist as needed throughout the fair
    • Take food and beverage orders and deliver
    • Cover booths if exhibitors need a break
    • Help exhibitors set up and break down

Local Food Fair Energize & Capture Volunteer Roles 

Kid’s Activity Volunteers

  • Activities have been designed and crafted by students, teachers and parents the Point Of Discovery School as well as Portage County Farm to School.
  • Fun activities of the day include: Face Painting, Fishing for Seeds, Pin the Pork Chop on the Pig, Take Home Mini Garden, a Matching Game, Coloring, Seed Art, Hopscotch, and a Smelling Test

Animated Announcer

  • Seeking one ambitious volunteer performer to work with us prior to the event to prepare and at the event giving announcements on the loudspeakers.

Phenomenal Photographers

  • Wander the Fair and capture interesting photos throughout the different segments
    • Info/Marketplace – guests interacting with vendors, vendor tables
    • Signature Dishes & Dining  – Restaurant dishes and signage, volunteers
    • Kid’s Area – activities by Point Of Discovery School and Portage County Farm to School
    • The Bar- featuring the Craft Collective

All You Need to Know – Volunteer FAQ

When to Arrive
Enter through the Atrium via the main/ west entrance of SentryWorld.  Please be at the Volunteer Check In at least 15 minutes before your shift starts. Volunteer check in is at the main Farmshed table inside the event. If you pre-order a t-shirt this is where and when you can pick yours up.

Where to Park
SentryWorld is located at 601 Michigan Ave N, Stevens Point, WI 54481

What to Wear
Please keep in mind that this is a family and professional event, dress in clean and family appropriate clothing. Farmshed t-shirts are available for purchase and we encourage all volunteers to get one to wear at the event but it is not required. You will receive a volunteer button upon checking in, please try to remember to return the button after your shift is done so we can continue to use the buttons at future events.

Farmshed T-Shirts
Offbeat Press has designed a new Farmshed TShirt with the Local Food Fair design on it. There are only 200 shirts in our first round of printing and as a volunteer at the event, you get pre-order access and discount on shirts. The cost per shirt is $15 for volunteers and Farmshed members. At the event they will be sold for $18 for non-members and $15 for members. Upon signing up as a volunteer you will receive a link to order. 

What is provided?
Each volunteer will receive a ticket for a baked potato and basic toppings upon checking in. Baked potatoes will be served from 1-3pm. If you would like to try the Specialty Dishes and vote in the Farm to Fork Chef Competition, please bring money to purchase tickets. For each dish purchased, you’ll receive a voting ticket. Dishes are $4 each or $10 for 3.

Bring extra money for food and purchases
In the Marketplace, there will be over 65 vendors selling their locally grown and produced products as well as CSA shares for the season ahead. A CSA  commonly referred to as a CSA model, a consumer subscribes to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms.In return for subscribing to a harvest, subscribers receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce or other farm goods. This includes in-season fruits and vegetables and can expand to dried goods, eggs, milk, meat, etc. Typically, farmers try to caress a relationship with subscribers by sending weekly letters of what is happening on the farm, inviting them for harvest, or holding an open-farm event.

More about CSA’s on Wikipedia

When can I eat?
If you can, please eat before or after your shift. We will have floating volunteers at the event to ensure that vendors and volunteers get to eat.  Please note, Specialty Dishes will be available for purchase until sold out and available on a first come, first served basis. Voting for the dishes (Farm to Fork Chef Competition) ends at 1:45 so plan to get your vote in before then!

Contact info- last minute changes
If you can no longer fulfill your shift, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing Jackie at volunteer@farmshed.org.


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