Sustainable Agriculture Business Development for Youth: A Comprehensive Online Video Tutorial

Progress report for YENC21-164

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2021: $3,975.00
Projected End Date: 01/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Solid Ground Farm
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Manager:
Weston Lombard
Solid Ground Farm
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Project Information


In collaboration with Solid Ground School, I will deliver a 25 part Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Training Course over a one year period to train and assist 9-to-12-year-old students in the planning and creation of small-scale agricultural enterprises. Working with a local videographer, we will record these sessions and edit them into an online educational video series exploring real-life business planning and implementation with a focus on sustainable agriculture production. The video series will be shared on social media and posted to the farm's Youtube channel for easy access by the public and schools around the country.

Project Objectives:
  1. Show elementary students that they are capable of creating and running a small farm business and provide them with the tools and guidance needed for success.
  2. Introduce children to the basic principles of sustainable agriculture.
  3. Inspire and empower other organizations and families to start their own school or neighborhood micro-businesses.
  4. Provide a reference video series for parents, educators, and youth interested in starting their own agriculture enterprise and business.

Educational & Outreach Activities

1 On-farm demonstrations
24 Online trainings
1 Tours

Participation Summary:

180 Youth
5 Educators
Education/outreach description:

Led a weekly series of online ag entrepreneurship classes for solid ground school, tried to record but quality was insufficient.  Gave farm tours to summer camp students and staff during 10 weeks of summer camp. 

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.