- Education and Training: demonstration, Field Days/Trainings
The Alliance of Sustainable Farms (Alliance) and its partners will support the transition to sustainability in small-scale vegetable production by providing hands-on training for agricultural professionals, educators, providers, and farmer group leaders. Two half-day training sessions will be conducted on a quarterly basis at locations around the state. Project objectives include conducting field days/hands-on trainings and promoting the adoption of critical sustainable practices and appropriate technologies.
Expected measurable outcomes include: improved participant understanding and appreciation of topics/issues and participant willingness to incorporate project information into products and educational tools they share with farmers and others. After being trained, participants will help conduct the Alliance’s on-going field days/trainings for farmers, achieving the longer term outcomes of reaching farmers and gaining their commitment to adopt critical sustainable practices and appropriate technologies. Monitoring and evaluation will be an on-going process during the project; involving pre-and-post assessments completed by participants, trainers, and farmers, as well as, mid-project and final evaluations.
Objective 1: To conduct 14 field days/hands-on trainings for 490 agricultural professionals, educators, providers, and farmer group leaders on critical sustainable practices and appropriate technologies; and
Objective 2: To demonstrate and promote the adoption of 7 critical sustainable practices and appropriate technologies.