University of Maryland Extension

Hiring and retention

Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture

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Every urban farm or garden depends on a handful of committed people fighting for its continued existence. Unfortunately, garden manager positions are usually unpaid and paid urban agriculture positions are often funded by temporary grants. This leads to burnout and turnover among the people the farm depends on most.

One part of addressing this problem is to use some of the risk management strategies identified in the marketing and financial chapters to work towards better financial stability for the farm and those it employs.

Additionally, clear communication and effective training can help reduce stress on the farm and improve job satisfaction.

See the list at the end of this chapter for resources on hiring the right person in the first place, how to conduct interviews, training new employees, and the tax and legal paperwork when you hire your first employee.

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