Hiring and keeping good employees can be one of the most challenging aspects to running a sustainable farm business. There are a few key ingredients to maintaining a positive and safe work environment that every farm business owner/manager should consider.
Helpful Resources for Managing Farm Labor:
- The Sustainable Agriculture Program, ATTRA, has a great publication: Positive Practices in Farm Labor Management: Keeping Your Employees Happy and Your Production Profitable
- Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers is a resource provided by Farm Commons and Center for Cooperatives
- This Farm Labor Management handbook provides in depth information and resources for farm managers assessing your human resource needs and preparing to be an employer; recruiting, interviewing, and hiring agricultural employees; and managing, developing, and incentivizing your employees.
- This UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources publication is a great resource for understanding how to effectively manage people on the farm.
If you are looking for additional information on human resources, please see our Resources page to find other publications and useful tools.