How to Structure Labor on the Small Farm

Farming on a small farm requires labor, not just from the farmer but from others as well. This 4-hour workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.

Date: Fall 2020 dates & location will be announced Summer 2020.
Cost: $40 per person (dinner included) or $30 for Apprentice Link farmers, Farm Beginnings® graduates, and WNC CRAFT members

Participants will…

  • Learn about different ways to structure labor on your farm including apprenticeship, paid hourly workers, temporary workers, volunteers.
  • Discover best practices for managing people on the ground.
  • Learn how to incorporate education on the farm.
  • Understand legal considerations you need to know about your labor structure.
  • Clarify the financial process for paying workers or apprentices.
  • Be aware of equity issues with on-farm labor.
  • Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in WNC.

For questions, please contact our Farmer Programs Coordinator, Nicole Delcogliano, at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, UNFI Foundation, Harry Chapen Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, USDA Southern Extension Risk Management, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.