Evaluate curriculum, program learning objectives, evaluation instruments used for the classroom and experiential learning programs and post-program producer outcomes assessment. OUTPUTS: The Building Farmers curricula available in different electronic & print formats to increase accessibility, and in Spanish, Hmong and other languages where demand is documented;
Organize and coordinate experiential learning (mentorship) programs for all sites in Colorado and at least 3 other sites. Participants who complete the classroom program will qualify to apply for mentoring from experienced producers, or a cost-shared intern to work at the farmer producer's operation or with a production oriented community organization. OUTPUTS: An experiential learning pilot program in Boulder County, CO to extend farmer knowledge & resources which can then be replicated in 3 other sites outside of Colorado
Deliver customized business planning programs targeted to the needs of 350 producers in 5 states and 12 sites (to augment 200 producers in 5 regions of Colorado already planned). A complementary train-the-trainer model will be developed for those regions and institutions that are able to offer this level of instruction (Cultivating Success in the Northwest and FFA instructors in Colorado). Outputs: Building Farmers training programs in 16 areas across 6 states that address local input availability and constraints as well as local marketing opportunities, directly engaging 550 producers;
Identify, refine and develop curriculum modules and decision tools that are well-suited to the educational needs of the target audience, build capacity for strategic business planning among producer participants, and use existing resources from governmental, NGO and University sources. Outputs: Curriculum modules around core topics that comprise a complete instructional methodology for beginning farmers and ranchers across the Western US.