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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
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(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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RAFFL Workshop Spotlight: Hiring Farm Employees


RAFFL's Annual Farmers' Gathering and Resource Fair is next Tuesday, March 22nd at Green Mountain College (Withey Hall).  Register today to attend the numerous workshops happening from 1:00 - 5:30pm!

Workshop Spotlight: Hiring Farm Employees (4:15 - 5:30pm)

Farm expansion often means hiring employees or interns to help keep the operation running smoothly.

Understanding the additional recordkeeping, insurance and tax steps you may need to take can help you determine how much it will cost you to hire someone on, and whether it is the right decision for your farm.

Bob Parsons, UVM's Agricultural Business Management Specialist will address questions like: How does the Vermont Fair Employment Act fit in?  what about payroll and the IRS rules on social security, Medicare, federal income taxes and FICA?  Do I need to carry Workman's Compensation insurance?  How are interns different from farm employees?  REGISTER NOW to attend the workshop sessions during the Farmers' Gathering! http://tinyurl.com/farmerfair

  • $20 to register
  • Save when two folks from the same farm register - $30
  • $10 for Green Mountain College Students (please bring your student ID for verification)


1:00 - 2:45pm - Workshop Session I

  • Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan (Presenters: Hans Estrin and Ginger Nickerson, both UVM Extension staff)

3:00 - 4:00pm - Workshop Session II

  • Expanding your markets: Learning session between institutional buyers and farmers (Moderator: Jill Perry, RAFFL)
  • Growers Discussion: On-farm Composting Q & A with the Highfields Center for Composting (Moderator: Jack McSweeney, Highfields Center For Composting)

4:15 - 5:30pm - Workshop Session III

  • Hiring farm employees: What you should know workman’s comp insurance, taxes and more (Presenter: Bob Parsons, UVM Extension)
  • Growers Discussion: Farm-to-Plate Plan Q & A on scaling up Vermont agriculture (Moderator: Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Eric Rozendaal, Rockville Market Farm)

Click here for full descriptions of each workshop

The Farmers' Gathering is co-sponsored by RAFFL, GMC Farm and Food Project and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District.