Sometimes, after long hours of work on our various farm endeavors, I think to myself, “When can the kids start doing some of this?”
With hay to bale, Christmas trees to trim and mow around, animals to feed, show sheep to wash, and eggs to gather, there is no shortage of jobs for the Reese family in the summer months. There are seven young Reese grandkids to date (including our two) and as they grow into able-bodied farm kids, there will be inevitable questions about what jobs are safe and age appropriate for them to take over.
Peggy Hall and Catharine Daniels, with Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program, wrote a recent article about the importance of this issue on Ohio’s farms. Here is an excerpt.
It’s hay and straw season in Ohio, which creates both a high need to employ youth on the farm and the challenging task of understanding farm youth labor laws.… Continue readingRead More »