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California Guide to Labor Laws for Small Farms This guide is intended to help farmers become familiar with the labor laws that govern California agriculture as they pertain to having someone work on your farm, whether in an educational capacity or not.

Managing the Risks of Interns and Volunteers This FarmCommons guide will explain the laws behind interns and volunteers. It also provides insights and strategies to help farmers reduce liability risks related to interns and volunteers.

The Western SARE Farm Internship Curriculum is designed for individual farmers to use during the course of the workweek. Its companion handbook details successful methods of recruitment, hiring, negotiating with, training, and managing interns.
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Consider this first!Important Note: All listings are submitted to this site by employers. The National Center for Appropriate Technology makes no claims of any kind about content, accuracy, suitability, intent, comprehensiveness, or availability of positions. NCAT makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed on its Web site and is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of prospective interns to take all necessary precautions when interviewing for or accepting positions, and he/she is solely responsible for obtaining necessary information concerning the employers, using caution and common sense. It is the responsibility of host farms to be aware of federal and state labor laws related to hiring interns or apprentices. NCAT provides the listing only as a public service, and the listings do not imply any recommendation by NCAT, its ATTRA project, or USDA.

Everyone. Please make sure you ask for references! Interns; research the farm, better yet go there before agreeing to anything. Get something in writing; a clear written agreement of what is expected for each party will go a long way if things get dicey. Check the living arrangements. NCAT/ATTRA just lists the internships, we won't moderate or get involved in any disagreements. So take care.


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