Investigator: Linda Barnes, Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, IA
Project location: Iowa
The objectives of the proposed project are to plan and implement a bilingual organic farmer training and mentorship program as part of the Midwest Center for
We propose to develop a bilingual adult-education course in organic and entrepreneurial farming and a farmer-to-farmer mentorship program. This proposal builds upon a larger collaborative project already on the ground in Marshall County to develop a model for supporting community-scale agricultural entrepreneurship among immigrant farmers.
Specific objectives are:
- To plan a beginning organic farmer training curriculum and instructor team;
- To develop a bicultural organic and sustainable farmer-to-farmer mentor program;
- To implement class series in winter 2009 to prepare beginning farmers to start using the land in the following summer.