2018 Winter Workshop Series for Farmers

“Labor Management: Policies, Practices and People”

Farmers and related business owners and operators, you are invited to participate in CISA’s seven-workshop series “Labor Management: Policies, Practices and People” beginning January 2018.

A well rounded farm operation needs to be a positive workplace that meets the needs and expectations of managers and employees. Addressing the issues of ethical management, staff retention, and effective communication and training tools, this series’ topics span the needs of multiple farm audiences. Whether you are new to farm employment or looking for advanced methods to improve staff management and workplace culture, these workshops will provide tools for a productive, healthy, and just workplace that improves farm operations. Examples in the workshops will be farm related, but the skills and methodology will be relevant to all businesses.

By participating in at least three workshops, you will be eligible to receive a one-on -ne consultation to improve your staff management and operations.

The cost to attend the whole series is $75 for Local Hero Members or $15 for each individual workshop. The non-member cost is $95 for the series, or $18 for each individual workshop. Food will be provided at each session. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please feel free to contact Stevie to discuss options—we want everyone to be able to get the training they need to effectively operate their business. Scholarships may be available.

Contact Stevie Schafenacker via email or at (413) 665-7100, ext. 27 with questions and/or:

  • to request materials or interpretation in another language (please inform Stevie one week prior to workshop)
  • to request accessibility accommodations. (HCC, Northampton Senior Center, CISA, and WWII Club are all wheelchair accessible)

To find more information and register for individual workshops click on the links below OR scroll to the bottom of this page to register for the entire series at a discount!

Thursday, January 18th — The Full Cycle of Farm Labor Management — Mary Peabody, UVM (Northampton Senior Center)

5:00-8:00pm, Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton

Tuesday, January 23rd –  Building Workplace Culture and Leadership — Pete McLean, True North and Stevie Schafenacker, CISA (Holyoke)

4:30-7:30pm, Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine St., Holyoke

Thursday, January 25th — Building Workplace Culture and Leadership — Pete McLean, True North and Stevie Schafenacker, CISA (South Deerfield)

(This workshop is offered twice)
4:30-7:30pm, CISA Office, 1 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield

Wednesday, January 31st — Employee Manuals: Policies, Ethics, and Law — Sarah K. Willey, Esq.

5:00-8:00pm, Rm. 303 Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke

Friday, February 9th — Developing Farm SOPs and Training Staff — Lisa McKeag, UMass; Alexandra Hachem & Michael Botelho, MDAR; Gary Gemme, Harvest Farm of Whately

1:00-4:00pm, Harvest Farm of Whately- 125 Long Plain Rd., South Deerfield

February 13th — Farm Employment and Labor Laws — Conservation Law Foundation, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

4:00-7:00pm, Rm. 303 Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke

Tuesday, February 27th — Farmer to Farmer — Panel and Conversation

(NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION) 4:00-7:00pm,World War II Club 50 Conz St., Northampton

Thursday, March 8th – Improving Workplace Communications – Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farmworker Program
(NOTE CHANGE OF DATE) 5:00-8:00pm, Rm. 303 Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke


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Funding for CISA’s Winter Workshop Series is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture under award 2016-70017-25423, USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through grant USDA-AMS-SCBGP-2016, and by individual contributors and Local Hero members. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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