Make Friends, Raise Awareness

The Ice Age Trail staffs a food tent at the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Hiking at the edge of a pasture.
Photo credit: Rachel Roberts, IAT volunteer

Farm Technology Days  is our chance to feed the farmers who traditionally feed us.

Farm Technology Days (FTD) begins Tuesday, July 11th and runs through Thursday, July 13th. This fundraising opportunity, for the Trail, is about making friends, providing a crucial service, and raising awareness. It’s important to foster a friendly alliance within the farming community; numerous Ice Age Trail segments run alongside swaths of farmland.

While, fences make good neighbors, so does reaching out and being friendly. Let’s be neighborly.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Kewaunee County Farm Tech Days

IATA volunteers in blaze yellow handily meet the lunch time rush in the food tent.
Photo by Brad Crary

Here’s what we need to create a strong volunteer team:

FOOD TENT VOLUNTEERS

We need 30 – 50 volunteers, daily, to operate the Food Tent between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All are welcome, however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

Not to worry, the day is divided into manageable shifts, with the bulk of our volunteers to be scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

If you can open up a hot dog bun and load it with a freshly grilled hot dog or brat, you’ve got yourself a gig as a Food Tent volunteer. Our food tent will also provide a limited breakfast menu first thing in the morning.

Every volunteer hour committed to operating the Food Tent earns money for the Trail; it is a win-win opportunity. Besides, when you are done with your shift you can mosey-on-over and test-drive a new tractor or learn about raising backyard chickens.

You will need to take the online food safety course [PDF instructions for logging in] and provide your certificate-of-completion to the FTD committee. (No one wants to get sick over a mishandled brat – YUCK!)

If you live in Kewaunee County and want to attend in-person training, here’s the schedule.

Click here for the Volunteer Form

Additional FTD volunteer information lives here.

CASH REGISTER VOLUNTEERS

We need up to 8 cash register operators during the 10am – 2pm time frame to accommodate the busy lunch crowds. If you can do basic math and make change from a $20 dollar bill then we have the perfect spot on our volunteer roster for you. We’ll train you on-site prior to your shift.

Email Brad Crary at [email protected] to express your interest in running the cash register. 

UTV DRIVER VOLUNTEERS

If you get your kicks driving a UTV, then this opportunity might be right up your alley.

UTV training is required if you are interested in being a UTV Driver and training is only available in-person, on-site. Training dates are June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and June 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Email Brad at [email protected] if you would like be trained as a UTV driver.