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The Farmily Dance

Posted 2/8/2017 3:42pm by Shiloh Avery.

Three randomly chosen "farmily" pictures

We have the luxury and burden here of choosing our “farmily” each season.  Sometimes, the “kids” stick around for another season, but we’re always interviewing and choosing new members.  In some ways, it’s a luxury.  I mean, we get to choose our family, so to speak.  Our “regular” families….well, like it or not, we’re stuck with them.  Before you get all up in arms let me say that I adore both my “regular” family and my in-law family.  But I’m lucky that way. Not everyone is.

On the other hand, it’s a burden because we get to choose our family, so to speak.  It’s the other side of the same coin. How do you decide that they’re going to be both good employees and all get along?  It’s a lot of pressure!  And ultimately, it affects all the “farmily” members experience as well as the production of the farm.  So we want to choose well. For our sake and for theirs.

It’s an interesting place we find ourselves in each winter—this choosing dance. We put ourselves in the spotlight to get the attention of potential farmily members, then we retreat and the potentials dance into the spotlight to get us to choose them, then we dance back into the spotlight to get them to also choose us.  It’s a bit dizzying but a part of starting a big happy farmily, and the first step to a great season. 




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