Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Interview with Tim Worzella

Interview with Tim WorzellaTim Worzella still has pay stubs dating back to 1975 when he started working on the family farm in Plover at the age of nine. As a youngster, he did a lot of work in the grading shed, packing and stacking potatoes. Over the years, he has done a wide variety of work on the farm, from driving tractors to moving irrigation pipe, to welding and fabricating. His primary job used to be managing the packing shed, but now as President of Worzella & Sons, Inc., he is responsible for sales and day-to-day operations.

Worzella & Sons, Inc. is a 4,000+ acre potato and vegetable farm located in the heart of Wisconsin’s central sands. Tim’s grandfather, Clarence Worzella, was raised on a 340-acre dairy farm which had only 20 acres of potatoes. As a young man, Clarence grew crops and sold vegetables door-to-door on his truck route. In 1953, Clarence bought a 40-acre parcel of sandy soil near Plover and started growing potatoes under irrigation. Thereafter, he purchased farmland regularly around Plover and expanded his potato operation. Clarence’s sons, Norm and Marv worked on the farm, managing the fields and warehouse.

Read more of our October 2013 interview with Tim Worzella.

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