[Market-farming] Flower Bouquet now hourly employees

Andy Fellenz artisanfarms at gmail.com
Sun May 20 20:01:20 EDT 2012

I use hand written timesheets turned in weekly for start time, stop time
and length of lunch.  Most people will cheat it a little bit taking a few
extra minutes for lunch, start a few minutes later than shown on the sheet
or stop a few minutes earlier than shown. For me, its not worth getting
excited about a few minutes a day or installing a time clock to get a more
accurate measure.  I also have my employees give me ball park estimates of
how much time they have spent on different tasks.  I track the task times
in QuickBooks and can use this information to understand where my labor
dollars are actually going - how much to the greenhouse, high tunnels,
orchard, cultivating in the field, etc...  This is helpful in determining
which parts of the farm or tasks on the farm are total timesucks and either
need a better process or better pricing to justify the additional labor.


On Sun, May 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM, Carol W Larsen <sunborn at mhtc.net> wrote:

> I have the employee do the work. There is a sign in and sign out sheet at a
> convenient place. I, too, cannot rely on my memory entirely when I am out
> in
> the field. When it is time to pay, I pay the time that is on the sheet.
> Wish we has some rain.
> Carol Larsen
> Sunborn llc
> www.sunborngardens.com
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> Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 21:45:22 -0500
> From: Carla Maness <manessfarm at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Flower Bouquets
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> Does anyone have a suggestion for keeping track of hourly employees? I've
> hired 3 people who all work part time, and I'm having trouble keeping track
> of who was here when, and how long they worked. Typically I'm already in
> the field when one will arrive and trying to rely on memory isn't working
> out too well. I've tried keeping track in a notebook, but it never fails
> that the notebook is in the house and I'm in the field.
> Thanks,
> Carla
> Perkins, OK
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