[Market-farming] when to hire
burkefarm at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 17:16:33 EDT 2016
Once I hired employees, the first question I asked myself was "WHY
DIDN'T I HIRE SOMEONE SOONER?"
Your mileage may vary (and does), but even very part time teenage
summer help makes a big difference.
I hired my first part time helper in 2010 and he was a terrible fit,
but it still allowed us to leave the farm once in a while. I hired my
first okay part time help in 2011, and we had a record breaking year.
Since 2011 I have had 1 to 5 part time helpers in the summer. In June
2015 we brought on a full timer who we still have. For us, the
decision to hire help has been both a profitability decision (we can
produce a lot more stuff with help; another person means another
farmers market) and a quality of life decision (it's really good to be
able to leave the farm once in a while.)
We have around 1 acre of produce and 4800 square feet of high tunnel
space. We're increasing to 3 acres for 2017 and I'm currently trying
to figure out how much more help I'll need to hire, among other pen
and paper planning decisions.
central In z5b
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