- Crop Production: cover crops, food processing, greenhouses, high tunnels or hoop houses, low tunnels, pollinator habitat, pollinator health, row covers (for season extension), winter storage
- Education and Training: demonstration, study circle, workshop, youth education, ethno-cultural, project-based, participatory, experiential learning
- Farm Business Management: farmers' markets/farm stands
- Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, Pollinator gardens
- Pest Management: compost extracts, mulches - general, physical control, soil solarization, weed ecology
Building on an Indigenous Community Food Orchard/Garden and a multicultural New Roots Farm Incubator Cooperative, this project will introduce youth to careers in regenerative and sustainable agriculture and native habitat restoration utilizing a 10-step k-20 project-based Earth Partnership and Indigenous Arts & Sciences curriculum developed in Wisconsin and Minnesota collaboration with local schools, tribal and community colleges and universities. The project involves students, teachers & community members in habitat restoration, food production on schoolyards, and nearby natural areas. Outcomes will include increased agricultural and environmental awareness/literacy, including regenerating, soil health, carbon sequestration, bio-remediation, perennial crops, pollinators, and other ecosystem services.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Students, teachers, and community increase sustainable farming/habitat restoration skills through hands-on work with farmers, and natural resource practitioners reinforced by practical work at school/community demonstration sites.
- Youth introduced to sustainable ag and natural resource career opportunities through meetings with farmers, grocers, chefs, landscape, and natural resource practitioners.
- Students learn regenerative agriculture and ecological restoration practices through the Earth Partnership curriculum across… place, ecosystem, culture, age, learning style, subject, objectives & standards.
- Youth participate in farmers' markets and environmental, agriculture, and health fairs and events and share project results through a conference presentation and social media.