Program Development

Supporting Mentors to Teach Next Generation Agrarians - A Farm/Ranch Mentor Training Toolkit

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Case Studies, Curriculum, Educational Partnerships, Hosting and Employment, Program Development

This toolkit is designed to introduce apprenticeship training programs to the topics and frameworks that mentors have identified as challenges and that are important for mentors to address to offer a successful learning experience for their trainees. While agricultural mentors are likely experts in their field with many years of experience running an agricultural business, they still benefit from improving their skills and capacities as mentors,

NAP Evaluation Questions (2019)

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Feedback and Assessment, Program Development

This document is used by Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program to interview their apprentices and mentors to solicit feedback on their experience in the NAP program. 

Organizational Justice and Equity Self-Assessment Rubric

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Program Development

This tool was created by Angela Park in collaboration with Tiffany Chan, Curt Coffing, John Reuter, Hope Rippeon, and Ed Zuckerman of the State Capacity Building Department of the League of Conservation Voters who funded its creation. It was originally created for the Conservation Voter Movement and has been adapted by Angela. We encourage organizations to use and adapt this tool; please cite its origins when doing so.

Mentor Training at Stone Barns_February 2019

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Curriculum, Hosting and Employment, Program Development

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project co-hosted a mentor training with 40 participants from across the Northeast in collaboration with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York State on February 5, 2019.  The training was conducted by experienced farm mentors, Julie Sullivan (founding Quivira Coalition NAP mentor) and Polly Shyka (an experienced mentor in MOFGA’s JourneyPerson program).  The agenda provided was a working document referencing the topics discussed, tools used, and facilitators to plan and guide the day.

Created Equal: How Class Matters in Our Lives

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Communication, Program Development

Created Equal: How Class Matters in Our Lives is a handout from the Social Equity Leadership Conference 2016, held on Thursday, June 2, 2016.  The facilitator was Shane Lloyd who received his Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

PASA Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship Job Book

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Curriculum, Program Development, Registered Apprenticeships

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) conducted a DACUM (Designing and Curriculum) process to help inform the skills and competencies of their Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship (DVA) Program. This document introduces the apprenticeship program, describes the program requirements, the mentor and apprentice qualifications required, and provides examples of their skills evaluation forms, training topics, and related technical instruction tracking forms. 

Active Listening Tips Sheet

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Communication, Feedback and Assessment, Program Development

The Active Listening Tips Sheets created by BFRN, Northeast SARE, the University of Maine - Cooperative Extension provide prompts to help actively listen, tips to encourage sharing from the other party involved, words and phrases to avoid in a conversation, and phrases to use during evaluations.

Internship Agreement 2020

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Communication, Internship Programs, Program Development

The University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture (UM IAA) Internship Agreement is a contract between the student, the farm where they will be interning, and the internship coordinator. This template format includes contact information, job description, learning objectives, and evaluation plan, and can be applied generally for any combination of a mentor, mentee, and mentoring organization.

NOFA The On Farm Skills Development Guide

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Curriculum, Feedback and Assessment, Program Development

The Northeast Organic Farming Association - New York (NOFA-NY) skills guide is a template where mentors and mentees can track progress of various skills across farming, including specific knowledge related to livestock, business, fruit, dairy, produce, and repair. The guide also includes a template for periodic evaluations.

Internship Search Self-Assessment Form

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Communication, Internship Programs, Program Development, Recruitment

The Internship Search Self-Assessment form was created by the University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture in 2019.  The IAA Internship Search Self- Assessment is a form for exploring various aspects of what one is looking for in their farming internship. The form focuses on skills types, industry, location, and work style.

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