- Crop Production: cover crops, nutrient cycling, nutrient management
- Education and Training: networking, workshop
- Soil Management: green manures, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil analysis
The University of MN partnered with the Good Acre, a non-profit food hub, to create a soil health train-the-trainer workshop targeted to immigrant growers. Immigrant farmers represent a growing population of food producers in Minnesota and elsewhere in the Upper Midwest. Many immigrant populations in our region are farming in urban or peri urban settings, which often means contending with poor soils that are compacted, low in nutrients, or lacking sufficient organic matter. This project is creating a comprehensive, culturally relevant soil management curriculum for immigrant growers that can be presented as a 2-day train-the-trainer workshop, or used 1:1 with growers.
Outcome 1 & 2: Develop curricula for 2-day training session using existing and new material.
Output 3: Webinars and online resources.
Output 4: Instruct 40 trainers.
Output 5: Build partnerships between immigrant farmer organizations, The Good Acre, and the UMN College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.