[Market-farming] employee bonus

grizzdover at gmail.com grizzdover at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 20:39:33 EDT 2012


I think "pay" them for what they did for you while you were gone.  I've
found that paying their hourly wage, plus some extra cash and giving a
meaningful gift (I usually use an hour and half massage from one of our CSA
members) makes for a happy farmer and crew member (i.e. employee) ; )!!!

I think that it is definitely farm dependent, as I have had some employees
in the past where CASH ( in Iowa you can give up to $600 without taxes
involved)  is their best reward.  This last season I have had a crew member
or two where they appreciated some extra pay (cash bonus or overtime pay)
but really appreciated a meaningful gift (in my case an hour and half
massage from a CSA member) to express my appreciation.  I guess depending
on your financial resources and the employee, sometimes a meaningful gift
beyond cash can really show your appreciation.

Full Disclosure: If the Farm does well, every full time employee gets a
monetary bonus (either hourly wage increase or cash) during the season.  I
believe labor is the most limiting factor for any farm, so if you got good
ones figure out how to keep them around!

Ben Saunders
Wabi Sabi Farm
Granger, Iowa
www.wabisabi-farm.com


On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM, Don Lareau <dlareau at tds.net> wrote:

>  Also if you have this person on payroll remember that bonuses are not
> exempt from those taxes and need to be paid as such, or just pay them cash
> and keep it off the books, which of course I would never do...
>
>  On 11/2/2012 11:52 AM, Andy Fellenz wrote:
>
> Depending upon the season and the person, I've paid between 1/2 week and 1
> 1/2wks average pay as a season end bonus.  Variation is due both to how
> well the farm did that season and also how well the person did - someone
> who is always on time, doesn't ask for too much time off or looks to
> workload on the farm before asking for time off, has good work behavior,
> gets a lot done, is easy to work with, and plans to come back the following
> season will get more than someone who is deficient in any of these areas.
>
> Andy
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM, stonecirclefarm tds.net <
> stonecirclefarm at tds.net> wrote:
>
>> This question may not be an easy one to answer because every farm
>> situation is unique but I am wanting to pay my one employee a bonus for the
>> one week this season when she managed the farm on her own while I was away
>> with my family for a vacation.  We are a small farm without tremendous
>> sales or resources (especially during this drought year) but this was
>> obviously a big deal both for me (allowing me to be off the farm) and a big
>> deal for her (as her hours and responsibilities went way up).  Thoughts or
>> experiences to share anyone?
>>
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