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Event Series Event Series: Becoming the Farm Employer of Choice

Becoming the Farm Employer of Choice

November 30, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$30 – $215

Join University of Wisconsin – Madison and FairShare CSA Coalition for this course all about improving employment strategies and practices for farms!

Motivating and managing employees is essential to most diversified vegetable farms, and rare is the farmer who comes to farming with those labor management skills. Whether you have worked with employees for many years or are in the early stages of hiring staff, these sessions will give you practical tools to make your farm an employer of choice. We will cover thoughtful hiring practices, developing a motivated workforce, establishing a positive farm business culture, providing reviews and feedback, and much more through this eight-part series. Research-based approaches and real world examples make this series practical and useful for any vegetable farm employer. Farmer trainers center peer-to-peer connection and learning, and attendees also receive a carefully curated set of resources to accompany each session. From example position descriptions and check-in templates to a catalog of interview questions and so much more, these resources will help you leave each session ready to take those next concrete steps.

Please plan to attend online sessions with your camera on and ready to engage in discussions with your farmer peers. Space is limited – register here

Sessions are on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00am Central Standard Time.

Dates and Topics:

  • 9 November: Farm Business Culture
  • 13 November: Strategic Leadership
  • 16 November: Hiring the Right People
  • 20 November: Developing a Motivated Workforce
  • 27 November: Employee Onboarding
  • 30 November: Reviews and Feedback
  • 7 December: Developing Intercultural Competence as Farm Employers
  • 11 December: Managing Conflict on the Farm


  • David Bachhuber, Lovefood Farm
  • Kat Becker, Cattail Organics
  • Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
  • Stacey Botsford, Red Door Family Farm
  • Kristen Kordet, Blue Moon Community Farm
  • Robyn Calvey, Park Ridge Organics
  • Cassie Wyss, Crossroads Community Farm
  • Michelle Week, Good Rain Farm
  • Claire Strader, Extension Dane County
  • Sarah Janes Ugoretz, FairShare CSA Coalition


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