Do you farm with other people?

 

 

Whether as partners, co-farmers, or employees?

 

Do you want everyone to be part of an efficient effective productive system that produces consistent results and yet does not turn people into machines?

 

Do you want your team to be able to think independently and creatively and respond to situations as they come up, and also be able to simply get the job done?

 

This is the seeming challenge of working with people in a business:

 

 How to respect people and their human needs, and meet the farm’s needs.

 

 

These things don’t have to be opposites.

 

This workshop covers a few tools that make it easier to farm with other people. 

 

It comes out of 18 years experience working in a worker co-op, but these tools are not limited to co-ops.

 

 If you farm with even just one other person, you can benefit from improving collaboration on your farm.

 

 If you you want to get collaborative on your farm, then, come on out to 

Tools For Collaborative Farming

photo: Sharif Mirshak

 

 

What you'll learn in this workshop

  • An overview of how one farm co-op works
  • Tools to communicate clearly
  • Tools to set a common vision
  • Tools to help decision making
  • Tools to share information

Meet Your Workshop Guide

Hey there, I’m Dan Brisebois

 

Farmer by day, spreadsheet maniac by early morning. (Asleep by night)

 

On a continual quest to keep farm systems simple and give farmers the tools to be able to keep farming.

 

I want to see soil and seed stewards across the landscape. I think it’s the best way that we can keep communities rooted in the land.

 

Every month I’m here with another online workshop to bring you systems and spreadsheets to better manage your farm so that you can keep farming!

 

 

Here’s are some facts about  where I farm

 

Tourne-Sol co-operative farm is in Les Cèdres,Québec (that’s in Canada)

Tourne-Sol is a play on the French tournesol which means sunflower. The play on words is that it also means turn the soil.

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 The farm runs as a workers coop (I’m one of the founding members)

In 2005 we were 5 coop members. Now we have 7 coop members + 12 non coop members

Non coop members can become members over time

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We grow

  • 7 acres of organic vegetables
  • 1 acre of organic seeds
  • 4+ acres in full year cover crops in our rotation cycle
  • There are also a lot of flowers in our fields

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In 2005, we had 110 CSA members and 2 farmers markets. Now, we’ve phased out markets and have 500 weekly CSA baskets

In 2005, seed sales were $700. These days we sell more seeds than vegetables - we have an online seed store and seed racks in 150+ stores

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This is what the farm looks like now, it is ever changing