Attracting & Retaining Employees on Organic Vegetable Farms

This 2021 report aims to help farmers understand how they can create and strengthen conditions that draw workers to their farm and encourage them to stay over the long term. Written by Sarah Janes Ugoretz, it is based on electronic surveys and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 15 farm owners and 13 employees working on certified organic vegetable farms primarily located in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. While the farmers were primarily from the Upper Midwest, it is relevant to addressing common challenges among small and medium-sized vegetable producers in many parts of the US.

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