farm manual

posted June 15, 2013

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Moss Brook Growers has an amazing resource: an online farm manual, compiling their thoughts from years farming. Check it out here!

Here is a sampler from Section 6, “Recruitment and Labor”: an extended discussion of how to keep an eye out for happy, healthy, and dedicated farmhands. And for farmhands, a model to aspire to!

Some of the more tangible and quickly identifiable attributes we were looking for are:

  • speed of work – e.g. how many kg harvested per hour, or how many metres of crop rows hoed per hour
  • thoroughness of work – e.g. quality of harvested crops, thoroughness of weeding
  • practical / logical approach – e.g. working with machinery, thinking through problems
  • prioritising jobs – e.g. what crops to work on first
  • time management – e.g. fitting all necessary work into a day, not being late for customers
  • good with numbers – e.g. writing invoices, crop planning
  • IT proficiency – e.g. crop planning spreadsheets, record keeping
  • ability to listen, learn and communicate – essential to working in a small team
  • driving licence – preferably clean!

Continue on.

and check out their entire farm manual, too!