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Preparing the Ground for Local Fair Trade

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For a farm to be sustainable, it needs a steady, well-trained labor force, which creates an income that covers the cost of production, a living wage for the farmer, repairs and maintenance, continuing education for the farm staff, and general improvements to the farm.

What
  • Training Opportunity
When Apr 12, 2011
from 01:30 pm to 05:30 pm
Where 24707 Grange Hall Rd Philomath, OR 97370
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541.607.7984
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For a farm to be sustainable, it needs a steady, well-trained labor force, which creates an income that covers the cost of production, a living wage for the farmer, repairs and maintenance, continuing education for the farm staff, and general improvements to the farm.

Many family-scale organic farmers have the best intentions, but under the day-to-day pressures of farming, do not take the time to learn all the relevant laws and regulations, and to document their well-intentioned practices.

The purposes of this workshop are:

  • to help farmers improve their proficiency as employers and relationships with their workforce,
  • to guide farmers in improving their skills in calculating production costs as a basis for fair prices,
  • to provide the concrete information and documentation a farmer needs to be certified for social justice.

Farmers who attend will receive: templates for employee policies, job descriptions with clear expectations, contracts and safety training, information on Oregon legalities governing pay rates, insurance, other forms of compensation, and housing. 

The workshop also addresses the importance of establishing a process for conflict resolution.

The final section provides an overview of creating value-based goals for a farm’s economics, and an introduction to systematic documentation of expenses and revenues to generate the data necessary to calculate a farm’s cost of production.

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