In the News: The Relationship Between a Developed Workforce and a Successful Business
In the spring 2019 edition of their magazine In Good Tilth, organic farming nonprofit Oregon Tilth published an article on the importance of worker development in agriculture featuring the Cornell Small Farms Program and our own Nicole Waters.
The article discusses the challenges of getting farmers to invest in worker development — the biggest factor being a perceived lack of time to invest in training and hiring with paperwork, planning, and harvests to be completed. However, the article goes on to discuss how developing leadership and team-building skills in staff members can create motivation and really pay off.
Nicole Waters, our Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator, discussed how to acknowledge the actual needs of staff in a labor-focused environment and learning how to support them. Most importantly, she noted how to make sure that staff feels they are being trusted and invested in.
Waters said this communication from management tells staff: “I trust you, and hired you because I believe you are the best possible person for the job, and now I want you to have the bandwidth you need to succeed.”
The article also discusses the training opportunities offered by the Cornell Small Farms Program for both established farmers looking to expand their business, and developing skills that foster greater upward mobility in Latinx employees.
Read the full article to learn more about how investing in worker development really pays off.
Investment: 101, Oregon Tilth, May 21, 2019.