Work Trade

What is a workershare?
A workershare is a volunteer who commits to working five hours per week (if you are a couple or pair of workers working together, it'll be four hours per week), April-October, in exchange for a full CSA share. Workershares are needed on harvest day (Tuesday) or any other day of the week that suits your schedule.

Jim & Joelle--our reliable and kind-hearted harvest day workershares--bunching garlic scapes, 2015

What are the perks to being a workershare for Three Plaid?
Our farm is a mere five minutes away from the Winfield Metra stop, and we can accommodate transportation to and from the train station. Workershares not only get a full CSA share, but often take home extras. As long as our CSA and other customers are taken care of, the workershare can take as much as they please home with them. You are the heart of our farm, so our bounty is your bounty!

Paul, our dependable 2014 harvest day workershare, helped keep our spirits up during our hardest season as a farm

What to expect from being a workershare?
You will need to be able to lift at least 50lbs, work well with other people, and expect a lot of repetition and basically never-ending weeding. Workershares will need to be able to handle working in heat and humidity, mucky, wet conditions, amidst dog ticks and voracious mosquitoes, etc. We're telling it like it is, folks. Farming is a physically demanding and mentally taxing job. Harvest day workershares will be expected to work rain or shine. General workershares might be asked to switch days if the weather conditions aren't conducive to working in the field on their normal day.

Kristina--our efficient and hilarious "general upkeep" workershare--weeding shelly beans with her kids (who paid a visit that day), 2015

What does a workershare get out of the deal, aside from produce?
Bragging rights that you are taking part in the local food movement (woot!), satisfaction that you're helping a local farm provide food for the community, and direct access to lots of knowledge about growing food and running a business; we've each been farming for about a decade and we're in our sixth season as a business.

Please email us at threeplaid(at) if you'd like to learn more or are interested in applying. We'd love to have you on board our team of badasses!