Farm Commons and Cultivating Success™ are partnering to offer Sustainable Farm Law 101.
From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures, negotiating sales, forming an LLC, filing taxes, getting insurance and so on—legal issues work their way into every aspect of the sustainable farm. The good news is that developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think!
This workshop will empower direct to consumer farmers to move forward on legal issues of greatest importance to their operation, including:
Business organization: How to select and form a business entity that encourages optimal management of your farm operation.
Workers: How to address priority employment law issues, including workers’ compensation, minimum wage, volunteers, and internship programs.
Food Safety: How to design a proactive liability protection plan to put your mind at ease, regardless of whether you have a food safety plan or the FSMA rules apply.
Land Matters: How to ensure a successful lease or purchase arrangement and keep finances and accounting in order.
Sales and Contracts: How to secure long-lasting, trusting relationships with restaurant, retail, and wholesale customers via strong paperwork.
Insurance: Learn what forms of insurance are ideal for your farm and ways to work with an insurance agent to get your needs met.
Farm law affects everyone, especially our most innovative, direct-to-consumer farmers. Answers aren’t always easy to come by- but that’s why Farm Commons exists.
Not just a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by an attorney and 1 or 2 farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on the ground experience, including input from participants. Expect a compelling, informative, and engaging workshop that will inspire you to take action to build a stronger, more resilient farm!
Here’s what farmers say about our workshops:
“This was a super well done, informative, approachable (especially for a formidable topic), clear presentation with lots of resources provided. Awesome! Thank you.”
“This is one of the best workshops I’ve attended- Incredibly valuable information.”
“Perfect mix of the law and the on-the-ground reality.”
“They made a really boring topic – employment law- extremely interesting and fun.”
“I had NO idea what the law required. I learned so much!”
Let’s work together – farmers can build stronger, more resilient businesses with the law on their side. After attending a Farm Commons workshop, 70% of farmers learn new things and over 80% make a risk reducing change to their farm within 3 months!
$25 registration includes lunch and workshop materials. Rural Roots members may register for $20. Email to register with your Rural Roots discount code.
The workshop is limited to 40 particpiants. Deadline to register is February 22, 2017.
To enrich education through diversity Cultivating Success™, Rural Roots and the University of Idaho are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers and educational institutions. University of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating, in compliance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990, anyone attending this program that requires auxiliary aids or services should contact Cultivating Success™ at least two weeks prior to the event.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
You will be mailed a University of Idaho guest parking permit for the day of the event. Please contact the program coordinator if you do not need a parking permit.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email with any questions you have about the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
There is no need to bring a printed ticket. We will have your name on our registration sheet, and we will check you in on the morning of the event.