The Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training Curriculum is intended to educate beginning farmers and ranchers who are seekers from a farm family or tradition in the U.S. or abroad. They may be returning from military service or changing careers. They may have worked or apprenticed on farms or been inspired by urban agriculture or the local food movement. What they all have in common is the desire to make a living on the land.
People learn best by doing! The Land Access Training Curriculum employs a performance-based learning philosophy. It takes a skills-based approach to teaching and learning that focuses on what people need to do as a result of a learning experience, not just on what they need to know. AFT worked with Worldwide Instructional Design System, or WIDS, to draft the curriculum and train our inaugural class of Land Access Trainers, or LATs. A division of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation, WIDS provides instructional design and consulting services to diverse organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. The LATs piloted the curriculum with beginners they work with across the U.S. and, using standardized evaluation tools, shared feedback with AFT. The final curriculum is based on these evaluations as well as the review of the projects Educational Enhancement Team.