[Market-farming] Federal Department of Labor stopped by to look around...

Andy Fellenz artisanfarms at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 09:01:05 EDT 2011

Re the CSA members working on the farm.  This can usually be treated as an
extension of a pick your own operation.  The members are paying for the
opportunity to have an experience on the farm.  Just be sure to have a PYO
rider on your farm liability policy.


On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 6:54 AM, Richard Stewart <rstewart at zoomtown.com>wrote:

> We received a visit from the Federal Department of Labor twice the past
> week.  CSAs are a real grey area for them.  While w do special single day
> events where we let children participate we have a no children policy in
> terms of work for the adults bring children with them.  They can accompany
> the adult so long as they do not damage crops or prevent the volunteer from
> working and we have a play area for them as well.
> The fact that there were children even around sort of of freaked out the
> Federal agents.  They were hammering down on child labor, those that
> knowingly employee illegal immigrants, and those that abuse legal documented
> visa holders.  While we do not sell across State lines we do do a single
> once a year market in Kentucky AND we sell to companies whose headquarters
> are not in the State of Ohio and as a result are subject to interstate
> commerce.
> Lots of this may be obvious to a lot of folks, but it came as a bit of
> surprise to me.  I felt that were fairly under the radar, but after asking
> they told us that they were targeting farms close to border areas (State
> boundaries) and we are mile from Kentucky and Indiana.
> Just keep that in mind.  Super family friendly Workshare CSA arrangements,
> especially if someone in the group is from out of State or you receive ANY
> income from out of State sales or receive payment from out of state can put
> you at risk.  Make sure you have clearly defined and posted rules, that
> everyone knows these rules, and that your employees and contractors.  Again
> many of you might be saying "duh, of course" but as we have grown this is
> simply not something we have thought about.  We just sort of do a 1099 and
> add someone, work it out tweak things and then move them on as an employee
> once we get everything figured out.  Its been family up till last
> year....even then they are telling us my 15 year old cousin cannot operate a
> tractor over 20HP with a power take off or work our Bobcat.
> Just some things I thought I would share.
> Cheers!
> Richard Stewart
> Carriage House Farm
> North Bend, Ohio
> An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855
> (513) 967-1106
> http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com
> rstewart at zoomtown.com
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