This morning I took a friend to the airport so I didn’t get a chance to write my Friday post until now. We’ve been talking about Fields of Farmers by Joel Salatin
This week we’re on Chapter 9 in the How it Works section of the book.
Vetting and Selecting
There are so, so many things that go into this process. I’m sure that as you read this chapter, you noticed things that you thought were “plain crazy” and wondered why we didn’t have other things added to it.
By all means make it your own!
Does this sound harsh to you? Or right on?
Unlike most businesses, government agencies, and colleges, we don’t even ask, anywhere, for religious or ethnic affiliation. To me, that is far more open and embracing an application process that does ask for those things…
From Polyface perspective, a job farming should be coveted as much as a football player or being the top lawyer or world-renowned doctor. The calling to farm is sacred.
To those offended by this discussion, I simply offer you the hand of a farmer and invite you to wait on in, the water is fine. Join me with your own individualized swim stroke. Have at it. We’ll be friends anyway. The world is plenty big enough to accommodate your way and my way. I’ll respect yours and ask for your respect in return. We don’t have to agree. I do believe that our Polyface stance and demeanor have been foundational to our farming success. When our position fails to create success, I hope and pray all be humble enough to change the position. Until then, I’m incorrigible. Ha!
This chapter goes on into the nitty gritty details of “how” we choose interns. It talks about the spreadsheet we use, the grading scale and what things we look for.
Joel talks a little about our questionnaire and tailoring it to fit your own needs.
I’m not sure what kind of discussion this chapter will generate, but let’s wade on in…
Until next week,
If you’re just tuning in, here’s what we’ve covered so far:
- Friday, November 8 – Discussion on Chapters 1 and 2 – “What’s the Big Deal?”
- Friday, November 15 – Discussions on Chapters 3 and 4 – “Especially for Mentors, Part 1”
- Friday, November 22 – Discussion on Chapters 5 and 6 – “Especially for Mentors, Part 2″
- Friday, January 10 – Discussion on Chapter 7 – “Especially for Interns, Part 1″
- Friday, January 17 – Discussion on Chapter 8 – “Especially for Interns, Part 2”