- Education and Training: youth education
- Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems
I propose to collaborate with the Spirit of Nebraska Girl Scout Council to offer an educational program that will educate girls in grades nine thru twelve about sustainable agriculture. This program will begin by forming an "interest group", a collection of girls with interests in environmental protection, agricultural sciences, and food and nutrition. This group of fifteen participants will meet on at least one Saturday per month for a total of seven months (March thru September), with sessions organized to introduce participants to the concepts and benefits of sustainable food production. Sessions will: educate participants about the basics of agricultural production and different sustainable agricultural practices; increase participant's understanding of sustainability and the environmental issues related to conventional agriculture; introduce participants to local food systems; and make participants aware of entrepreneurship opportunities available in sustainable agriculture. Utilizing a variety of teaching methods and curricula participants will increase their knowledge of sustainable agriculture. Different methods will include: guest speakers, hands-on experiments, discussion groups, field trips, and service projects.