Building a Great Farm Team

Dave Hambleton of Sisters Hill Farm

Dave Hambleton of Sisters Hill Farm (photo provided by Sisters Hill Farm)

Good hiring decisions help farm owners/managers and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. Where does a farmer find good employees? How should farmers select the right apprentices, farm workers or farm managers to build a successful farm team?

David Hambleton has been the farm manager of Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, NY for 16 years. He shared his experience with hiring, training and managing over 30 Apprentices in a workshop at the 2015 Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference.

Interviews are just a small part of the hiring process. Farmers must begin a search by posting openings where their ideal candidates will see the listings. See the sites Hambleton posts his openings and read about his screening and interviewing process [here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Craft Brew News bringing regional and national attention to agriculture across southern New England.
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