Be a Better Farm Boss workshop

How to Manage and Motivate Your Farm Team

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 at the University of Illinois Extension Office

Chris Blanchard bio photoWhether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm’s work or just creating headaches. Join veteran farmer and educator Chris Blanchard to learn how to create a productive, positive work environment by communicating clear expectations and implementing systems for efficiency and accountability.

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to utilize practical tools to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, remove emotion from management decisions and actions, and build a team culture. Chris Blanchard’s popular workshops, writing, and consulting have gained a reputation for fresh approaches, down-to-earth information, and honesty.

The Be a Better Farm Boss workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Grayslake. The U of I Extension Office is located at 100 Route 45 in Grayslake, just north of Route 120 (Belvidere Road). The registration fee is $40 per person, and $20 per person for additional people from same family or farm. This workshop fee includes lunch. Click here for additional information and online registration.

Chris Blanchard provides consulting and education for farming, food, and business through Purple Pitchfork. As the owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm since 1999, Chris raised twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a 200-member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets. Prior to 1999, Chris managed student farms, worked as an intern, packing house manager, plant breeding assistant, and farm manager, and provided consulting for a major organic processor, in California, Wisconsin, Maine, and Washington state. His workshops, writing, and consulting throughout the country about farm business concepts, food safety, organic vegetable production, and scaling-up have gained a reputation for fresh approaches, down-to-earth information, and honesty.

Click here for additional information and online registration for the Be a Better Farm Boss workshop.