This document was developed by the Quivira Coalition and is intended to provide NAP (New Agrarian Program) participants with general recommendations for safety during COVID-19, as well as an update on how the pandemic is affecting NAP’s programmatic offerings. The suggestions in the document are meant to be used as a starting point—it is up to individual and mentors to decide which precautions to take based on their unique situation.
Farm Labor Laws / Legal
COVID-19 and the Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program Guidelines
Apprentice Employment Agreement TEMPLATE
This template, authored by Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program, provides specific requirements and standards set for performance and expectations for mentors. It clearly states protocol for compensation, safety, communication, housing expectations and other important considerations for the workplace.
Vilicus Farms Sample Contract
A sample contract that Vilicus Farms uses and is signed between apprentice and farmer. It outlines apprentice duties, duration of employment, compensation, processes related to probation/termination/disability, and more.
On-Farm Labor and Learnings: Definitions
While there are finite legal categories for on-farm labor and learning, many farms structure learning in ways that aren’t adequately described by existing terms, or that stretch the standard definitions of legal options. Here we suggest some terms and definitions for commonly used labor and learning arrangements. As a community of practice evolves in this work, we hope to continue to modify and refine these definitions. This short guide, adapted from the Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit, is intended for existing and aspiring mentor farmers and ag apprenticeship programs.
Employment Law for the Farm: Q & A Webinar
Please join New Entry Sustainable Food Project and the Legal Food Hub for Employment Law for the Farm: Q & A Webinar. As the farming season begins, do you have last minute questions about the legal implications of your farm apprentice program? Do you have questions about the agricultural exemption from minimum wage? Wondering whether you need to worry about overtime or what records you need to keep about your farm employees this summer? Join our webinar to ask your employment law questions to a leading expert in Massachusetts.
Webinar: The Power of Networks & the Ag Apprenticeship Network Toolkit Launch 3.6.18
Webinar recording: This online event launched the Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit and offered a briefing on the power of networks by Andrew Crosson of Rural Support Partners. This event included a tour of the Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit, the capstone resource from Year 1 of the National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, and detailed how participation in networks can strengthen local, regional and national food systems work.
Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network Toolkit
A Guide to Developing or Improving an Ag Apprenticeship Training Program on Your Farm or Ranch
This toolkit was developed by the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, including New Entry and the following partners: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Rogue Farm Corps, Quivira Coalition, Vilicus Farms
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