There are some great instructional resources for teaching beginning farmers, including the free online curricula recently revised and expanded by the staff of the Apprenticeship Program at the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). This workshop will include an overview of the CASFS teaching units on organic production topics — including soils, tillage, compost, propagation, transplanting, irrigation, management of pests, disease, and weeds — as well as direct-marketing, farm business, and other lessons for small farm sustainability. Sample training materials will be presented, such as class lectures, demonstration outlines, reading lists, powerpoint presentations, and other instructional materials available for free online and at-cost in print from CASFS. Farmer-educator Jim Leap will give some examples from classes and hands-on trainings he teaches for beginning farmers. Gardening instructor Sky DeMuro, will provide an overview of the curriculum and instructional materials.
A | 8:30 am
Jim Leap and Sky DeMuro
UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems