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safety and stress

Since the establishment of Extension services in 1914, agents have provided science-based education in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The knowledge and advice FCS agents deliver to their...

Hiring and retention

Urban Ag home | Table of contents 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...

Employees and volunteers

Urban Ag home | Table of contents A farmer has certain responsibilities towards anyone working on their farm, which are legally defined by local, state, and federal labor laws. It is important to understand that there are important legal differences between employees and volunteers. Additionally,...

Health insurance

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Finding and paying for health insurance and health care is an enormous challenge for entrepreneurs. Many farmers say that getting health insurance coverage for their family is the primary motivation for someone in the family working off-farm. A national survey of...

Mental health and stress management

Urban Ag home | Table of contents "I need to fix the problem, I don't have time to de-stress." That’s how I felt about stress management until very recently. However, no matter how hard you work, life is going to continue being stressful. And farming can be a particularly stressful profession: long...

Physical health and safety

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Figure 1: NEVER clear a jammed or clogged piece of equipment with your hand. Photo by Neith Little, UMD Extension. Physical farm safety risks are very specific to individual farms. Urban farms might need to consider safety related to small-scale farm equipment,...

Chapter 5: The human element: rights and responsibilities, safety and stress

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Neith Little Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture University of Maryland Extension The human element of farming is too often overlooked, but vitally important. It is, after all, why many people farm in the first place: to feed people, to employ people, to provide a...
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