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February 2020

Managing across cultures with cultural dexterity and humility

February 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Cultural dexterity and humility are key to being an effective farm manager, especially when managing across cultural and racial differences. Presenter Lakisha Coppedge of Coppedge Consulting will provide tools to help you build awareness of your own culture, privileges, and assumptions; develop your ability to listen to and learn from others; reflect on your own cross-cultural experiences; and learn from your mistakes. This session will increase your awareness of how power imbalances can impact understanding and communication on farms and…

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Conflict resolution skills for supervisors

February 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Ave
Holoyke, MA 01040 United States

Gain and practice skills that will help you set the groundwork for positive workplace relationships with your farm team starting on day one. Presenter Christopher Sabo of Foxtrot Farm and the Mediation & Training Collaborative will discuss strategies for creating a foundation of effective communication among your crew, increasing your capacity to manage conflict, and maintaining open and accessible communication channels on the farm throughout the season. This session will offer tools to respond to workplace conflict or deal with…

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Performance management – set it, manage it, measure it!

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield,

Providing effective performance management doesn’t just protect your farm from liability and establish standards and accountability for those you manage – it actually helps your farm grow! Presenter Patti D’Amaddio of the Employers Association of the Northeast will describe how a holistic approach to performance management can increase employee engagement, help employees on their path to development, and assist your business in meeting its strategic goals. Through interactive activities and role play you will gain skills to clearly communicate expectations…

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March 2020

Improving your farm’s employee policies and management systems

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield,

Would you like to have better systems in place for onboarding and training employees, consistently communicating farm policies, or giving and receiving employee feedback?  Are you looking to brush up on employment laws to ensure that your farm is in compliance? This session will help you identify incremental changes to improve employee management systems on your farm. Presenter Libby Eiholzer of Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead you through a self-assessment of your farm’s human resources management and help you prioritize…

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Building a positive workplace culture through active bystander training

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield,

Farm managers are responsible for setting the tone and ensuring a respectful, safe, and productive work environment. However, they are by no means alone in contributing to workplace culture - each member of the farm team has unique skills and opportunities to help build a more positive workplace culture. This workshop will equip farm managers, crew leaders, and other employees with tools to respond proactively to workplace conflict and to contribute to improving the culture on their farm. Presenters Sharon…

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Leadership strategies for achieving workplace respect

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

Gaining respect as a manager is not always easy. Take a deep dive into the meaning of workplace respect, learn to identify barriers to respect, and discuss how the concept of respect relates to topics like diversity and inclusion, bullying, and compliance with federal and state anti-harassment and discrimination laws. You will reflect on your own behaviors and actions, as well as engage in interactive exercises to learn and apply new tools and strategies for creating a more positive and…

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