I recently had the opportunity to give a presentation on the legal issues involved in mentoring new farmers or using “internships” on your farm. Such arrangements have become particularly prevalent for small retail farms – those selling vegetables, meat, or value added goods directly to consumers through farmers markets, food coops, or community supported agriculture (CSA).
The below powerpoint was developed for the Women, Food & Agriculture Network’s “Harvesting Our Potential” mentor training. Check it out and feel free to contact us. Keep in mind, many of the laws addressed are state specific. You should speak to an attorney licensed in your state with specific questions.