Keeping your farm running smoothly is something that every farmer dreams of. We invest so much of our time, money, and resources into the farm, and we all want to feel like our efforts are put to good use. Communication and responsibility are two crucial factors in maintaining family harmony on the farm.
Make sure that everyone’s needs are met best as possible. Making sure that everyone is eating enough and drinking enough water, especially during the long summer months where a lot of work is to be done, will go miles in ensuring family harmony. Does everyone have proper working gear, gloves, socks, sunscreen? Ask people how they are doing and try to maintain a solid working relationship. If someone has a health problem then let them know that you care and do what you can to ease their burdens.
Routine is crucial for harmony. Clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities. If you need someone to take up more responsibility, having a calm discussion about it with the person cuts the drama in half. Treat everyone with fairness and respect and watch the farm transform. Sometimes it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done, so make it a point to prioritize. Have a group meeting where everyone talks about what they do, what they need help with, and what they want to see happen. If you start these practices early then it will go a long way in establishing healthy relationships with appropriate boundaries. We’re here to keep your farm in the family.