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Cultivating Motivated and Reliable Farm Employees Webinar

Reliable farm labor is essential to a growing farm business. Join Rachel Armstrong from Farm Commons for a webinar where we will discuss the process of legally hiring employees and explore strategies for building a motivated and reliable farm workforce.

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Rachel Armstrong’s passion for farming goes way back to the days when she proudly proclaimed that she wanted to be a farmer when she grew up. Rachel has lived out that dream in many ways, from working on farms to managing a community garden, starting a catering company that featured local foods and running a nonprofit local foods consulting program. When Rachel realized how keenly the farming community needed quality legal information, she went to law school and founded an organization to address the issue. Now, Rachel loves resolving the business legal issues that hinder farmers from achieving their goals.

Shea Belahi started farming in 2012 after seeing an ad for the Central Illinois Farm Beginnings class.  She was looking for the one thing she could do day in and day out for the rest of her life. During her internship with Gray Farms in Watseka, IL she knew she had found it.  There was something about the grit, sweat and sore muscles at the end of the day that she loved. While it can be challenging at times and there is always something to learn, the payoff of having fresh food everyday and being able to share it with your community is rewarding. She joined Blue Moon Farm in late 2015 and oversees the packing shed, transplants, manages the summer farmer's market and CSA.

At this webinar, you will:

  • learn techniques for motivating employees
  • understand legal regulations and requirements regarding hiring and keeping employees
  • hear from successful local farmers about their own experiences