The SARE Advisory Committee had a conference call on November 6, 2017 to discuss committee memberships, review activities for the year, and review the Logic Model for future training needs. The SARE Logic Model training objectives are conservation tillage systems, organic production, grazing-based animal production systems, composting, direct marketing, and local food systems. The Committee decided upon trainings and conferences to support for the upcoming year that would address the SARE Logic Model training objectives. The needs of these trainings and conferences include travel support for Extension agents to attend the Georgia Organics Conference, sponsorship for the Food Waste Compost Workshop, speaker fees and training materials for the Food Systems In-Service Trainings, and training materials for the Southwest District Cover Crop Workshop and Field Day. All of these activities increase knowledge and confidence in participating agriculture professionals which then translates to an increased ability to assist organic, resource-limited, and small farmers.
Project objectives from proposal:
The Georgia Model State Program developed a Logic Model to guide our training efforts. The Logic Model, updated in 2015, reflects the current needs of Georgia as directed by the SARE Advisory Committee. To reach our long-term goal of “Increased use of sustainable agriculture practices by producers at multiple scales supported by a knowledgeable network of agricultural professionals ensuring a high proportion of diverse, profitable, and environmentally-friendly farm operations”, we identified the following six areas for training workshops: conservation tillage systems, organic production, grazing-based animal production systems, composting, direct marketing, and local food systems.