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Farm Labor Models in Practice

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Farm Labor Models in Practice:
Mentoring and Managing Staff for Your Farm's Success

March 22, 2018
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

COST (includes lunch and hot beverages)
Free – current MOFGA Apprenticeship Host Farms
$20 – MOFGA members and certified organic growers
$30 – non-members

Few among us get into farming to satisfy a passion for managing employees yet it is an undeniably critical aspect of running any successful farm business.  Unfortunately, the unique context of each farm means that there is not a simple one-size-fits-all prescription for success.

To help develop/refine a labor model that works for you and your farm, we invite you join a diverse group of farmers representing a variety of production models, operational scales, experience levels and marketing channels for a day of 'participatory professional development' to explore the range of different labor management models in practice on Maine farms today. The day-long interactive program will feature a panel of four farms spread across the labor spectrum, smaller facilitated roundtable discussions around a farm case study of your choice and a presentation by respected food industry management consultant, Chris Papagni, about setting up an effective framework for clear communication, roles, oversight, and corrections in a farm workplace.

Participants will go home with strategies, case studies, a resource list, tips and tools for effective farm labor management to adapt to their particular farm circumstances. This gathering is part of a renewed effort to support MOFGA's strong farmer-to-farmer peer network with contacts, context, resources and tools for best practices in farm labor management and on-farm mentorship.

Please contact Ryan at with any questions.