Category Archives: Farm labor and human resources

Growing a business: Part 2 of Spotlight on Good Heart Farmstead

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture With five years of farming behind her, Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead, has the experience to respond to feedback from CSA members and to balance her job with her farmer partner … Continue reading

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Second Career Farmers Reveal Secrets

On average, people change careers three times in their lifetimes, and that’s not counting about ten different jobs across those careers. Whether through choice or circumstance, people are on the move to different employment opportunities, and it’s not surprising to find … Continue reading

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Working your Way on Farms

Considering farming as a career? If you’re like a great number of aspiring farmers, you’re on the look-out for ways to build hands-on skills and knowledge about running a farm enterprise. On-the-job learning — working on a farm, especially one … Continue reading

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Thinking about a new farm business? Is an incubator program for you?

As the average age of farmers nudges 60 years, it’s clear that we need new and younger farmers. Incubator programs have sprouted up to meet this need, typically offering  training and support on a dedicated site, with mentor farmers available … Continue reading

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Keeping Safe with a ROPS

A ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) keeps you safe on your tractor. While it’s probably not first on your mind as you drive into your field, tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death and injury on a farm. However, having … Continue reading

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