Tipsheets based on CISA's 2011 Winter Workshops Series in Farm Labor:
Employee Hiring and Management
Tips from farmers and career professionals on hiring, organizing, managing, and evaluating employees.
Farm Apprenticeships and Internships
The apprenticeship or internship model, whereby people work on a farm for the summer in exchange for the opportunity to learn about running a farm, a stipend, and sometimes housing or meals. There is a lot of misinformation about the legality of these arrangements, so this tipsheet is designed to be of use to farmers interested in setting up an apprenticeship.
H2A Decision-Making Guide
Walks farmers through the pros and cons of the H2A program, which is a federal program that brings non-immigrant foreign laborers into the country for agricultural work.
Management Case Study: Farm Internships
Stone Soup Farm and Brookfield Farm are CSA farms that focus on teaching their employees the skills they will need to run their own farms. The two farms offer similar pay and benefits, including on-farm housing and shared meals. However, their apprenticeships are structured in very different ways, and they reflect the possible range of successful management techniques.
State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws
The rules and regulations surrounding wages, overtime, and breaks vary from state to state, and often state law is not aligned with federal law. This guide is designed to help farmers ensure that they are adhering to applicable laws,
Funding for this project was provided by the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education and RME.