Winter Workshops on Farm Labor Management

Are you a new manager, an aspiring manager or middle manager, or an experienced farmer looking to improve your management skills? This year’s winter workshop series will develop your skills for improving workplace culture and communication, giving effective feedback to those you manage, managing across cultures with dexterity and humility, setting clear performance expectations, resolving conflict in the workplace, and achieving workplace respect.

You may register for the whole series at the discounted rate of $65 for Local Hero members or $95 for non-members, or register for workshops individually at the rate of $15 for members or $20 for non-members (note that the March 10 workshop is discounted by $10 because it will not include a meal). Scholarships are available if cost is a barrier to attending. Childcare, Spanish language interpretation, or other accommodations will be provided upon request whenever possible. Contact Kristen Wilmer at 413-665-7100, ext. 12 with any questions.

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Managing across cultures with cultural dexterity and humility
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5-8:30pm

Lakisha Coppedge of Coppedge Consulting
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Avenue

Conflict resolution skills for supervisors
Wednesday February 12, 2020, 5-8pm

Christopher Sabo of Foxtrot Farm and the Mediation & Training Collaborative
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, Room 303, 303 Homestead Avenue

Performance management – set it, manage it, measure it!
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:30-4:30pm
Patti D’Amaddio of the Employers Association of the Northeast
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield

Improving your farm’s employee policies and management systems
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12-5pm (snow day March 6)

Libby Eiholzer of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Kristen Wilmer of CISA
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield

Building a positive workplace culture through active bystander training
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2-4:30pm

Sharon Tracy and Susan Wallace of Quabbin Mediation
The Food Bank of Western MA, 97 N. Hatfield Road, Hatfield

CANCELED: Leadership strategies for achieving workplace respect
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:30-4:30pm
Mark Emrick of the Employers Association of the Northeast
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive, Northampton

CANCELED: Farmer-to-farmer: sharing farm labor management successes and challenges
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:30-8:30pm
This free session is open to all those who have attended any of the workshops in this series.
Whately Town Hall, 194 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately

We want our workshops to be accessible! If there’s a barrier that’s keeping you from coming (childcare, transportation, dietary needs, etc.) or an accommodation that would make this a more comfortable space, please get in touch and we will do our best to work with you to address it.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225 and by individual contributors and Local Hero members.

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