Finding and retaining good workers is a perennial issue on farms, and both sides of the labor equation have a lot to gain from getting the relationship right. When farm owners get it right they have loyal, returning workers, and if farm workers get it right they end up having a good work experience and contributing to the farm.
Luckily, Sarah Janes Ugoretz is working on the issue of how everyone can have a better farm labor experience with the FairShare CSA Coalition, where she supports the Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship. She also just finished her PhD focused on creating positive labor experiences on diversified vegetable farms. We have a lot to learn from Sarah, including how farm owners can find and retain good labor, what kind of support farm workers need, strategies for diffusing conflicts, and more.
In Shop Talk with Neversink Farm, we chat about new tools, old tools, how they can benefit your farm and tips to use them successfully with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Tools, which manufactures tools for farmers.
In this episode of Shop Talk, we discuss how to do a quick summer greens no-till bed turnover. We discuss how summer heat can be used to quickly decompose the residue from leafy greens crops and turn beds over without going through time-consuming steps like physically removing the plants.
Thanks to our collaborator on this podcast Neversink Farm. They make this podcast free to everyone with their generous support. For tools designed and made by farmers, check out www.NeversinkTools.com
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