Lessons and Workshops

3-#1 Marketing and Sales Lesson Plan 2010

This lesson plan assists trainers in teaching new farmers marketing and sales skills including marketing options, marketing research, and applying marketing research to business plans.

Pest ID class - 1 of 2

Word document class outline pertaining to common pests and practicing identification.  Class includes game to identify common pests and test farmer knowledge.  All regions. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: beginning. Literacy Level: Pre.

CLASS OUTLINE - Class 2 for new participants -Farming 101

Gives a very basic introduction to the principles of growing produce in Maine with an emphasis on highlighting both what is similar to farming in Africa and what is different from farming in Africa.

Onions - Sets vs. Seeds - 2 of 2

Powerpoint presentation for farmers of onion production. Pros and cons of starting onions with seeds or sets. Outlines costs of a variety of onions. Paired with Class Outlines - Onions sets vs. seeds. All regions. English level: Beginner. Farming level: Beginner. Literacy level: Pre.

Growing Crops in High Tunnels

Powerpoint presentation for farmers about the purpose and benefits of using a high tunnel system.  Includes infromation about selecting style and location, sizing, construction.  All Regions. English Level: emerging/developing.  Farming level: beginning/intermediate.  Literacy Level: Moderate.  Key words: high tunnel, construction.

Seed Saving

Powerpoint presentation for farmers about the basics of seed saving and pollination, and the distinction between annuals, biennials and perennials.  Covers topics like hybrid seeds, open-pollination, cross pollination, self pollination. English Level: Emerging. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Low. Key Words: Seeds, hybrid, tomatoes, pollination.

Soil Management

Powerpoint Presentation for farmers presenting different aspects of soil quality and techniques and strategies for soil management. Different strategies covered include cover cropping, crop rotation, mulching, fertility plans, and irrigation. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: Beinning. Literacy Level: Pre. Keywords: soil management, crop rotation, fertility, fertilizer

Whole Farm Management for Hmong Farmers

PDF curriculum guide for trainers of pre-literate farmers.  Geared towards Hmong farmers, but can be easily adapted.  Curriculum contains several lessons, topics include: farm management, resource evaluation, sustainable crop production, soil managment, integrated pest and weed management, equipment usage, irrigation and sustainable livestock and poultry production.  North East Region. English Level: advanced. Farming Level: beginning. Literacy Level: advanced. Key Words: sustainable pratices, pest management.

Training Pre-Illiterate Refugee Farmers in Marketing Skills

Word document class outline for trainers to teachmarketing skills to pre-literate refugees.  Specifically designed for a pre-literate population, this class uses many interactive activities and games. Focuses on marketing at farmers markets.  Easily adaptable to other literacy levels. All Regions. English Level: advanced. Farming Level: beginning. Literacy Level: advanced. Key words: marketing, farmers markets, ESOL teaching.

Pest ID class - 2 of 2

Word document class outline pertaining to common pests and practicing identification.  Class includes game to identify common pests and test farmer knowledge.  All regions. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: beginning. Literacy Level: Pre.

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