Sustainable Poultry, Pastures, Soils, and Vegetable Education in Minnesota

2013 Annual Report for ENC10-114

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2010: $73,952.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2013
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Timothy Arlt
University of Minnesota Extension

Sustainable Poultry, Pastures, Soils, and Vegetable Education in Minnesota


2013 project update

Work on the curriculum was nearing completion after four staff assumed other positions or left Extension.  Our project leader for the Pasture Curriculum assumed a new position in  September and we have struggled somewhat in completing the work for this particular curricula.  We also lost a co-lead on the Vegetable Production curriculum but the project was near completion at the end of December.  The Poultry curriculum was about complete with a major portion out for review.  The Soils & Soil Quality curriculum is completed, reviewed and ready to go.  

Objectives/Performance Targets

Loss of staff over 2013 delayed the completion of this project.  As we enter 2014 we will be completing the following tasks to complete the project:
   1.  Design evaluations for each curricula for evaluation of student knowledge gain.
   2.  Design evaluation for the instructor feedback.
   3.  Roll out curricula to MN educators with feedback on curricula.
   4.  Complete final design and layout for publication of curricula.
   5.  Send completed curricula to NC-SARE for distribution.


Completion of one full curriculum in 2013 was a milestone and set the standard for the other 3 curricula.  The preliminary design of the package was started and evaluation packages were outlined to measure learner knowledge gains and provider instructor feedback.

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes


Courtney Tchida
Student Program Coordinator
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
411 Borlaug Hall
1991 Buford Circle
St. Paul , MN 55108-1013
Office Phone: 6126252738
Brad Carlson
Extension Educator - Soil & Water
U of m Extension
1910 Premier Ave STE 110
Mankato, MN 56001
Office Phone: 5073896745
Kathy Zeman
9800 - 155th Street East
Nerstrand, MN 55053
Office Phone: 5076649443
Doug Marshall
MN Sustainable Farming Association
9795 - 18th Street
Princeton, MN 55371
Office Phone: 7636315613
Robin Trott
Extension Agent - Horticulture
U of M Extension
720 Fillmore Ste B090
Alexandria, MN 56308-1763
Office Phone: 3207623890
Cindy Hale
MN Sustainable Farming Association
Clover Valley Farms
6534 Homestead Road
Duluth, MN 55804
Office Phone: 2187204364
Aaron Reser
Mill City Farmer's Market
2904 34th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Office Phone: 6127166159
John Mesko
MN Sustainable Farming Association
PO Box 192
Princeton , MN 55371
Office Phone: 7632600209
Nathan Winter
Extension Educator
University of Minnesota Extension
840 Century Ave SW
Hutchinson, MN 55350-3754
Office Phone: 3204844334
Carol Marshall
9795 - 18th Street
Princeton, MN 55371
Office Phone: 7636315613
Janelle Daberkow
Extension Educator, Horticulture
U of M Extension
Midtown Office Bldg
3400 First St N Ste 103
St. Cloud, MN 5630-1924
Office Phone: 3202556169
James Paulson
Extensio Educator, Dairy
U of M Extension
863 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4915
Office Phone: 5075366310
H. Wayne Martin
Extension Educator - Alt. Livestock
U of M Extension
385 AniSci/VM
1988 Fitch Ave
St. Paul , MN 55108
Office Phone: 6126256224
Betsy Wieland
Extension Educator
417 N 5th St Ste 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Office Phone: 6125961175