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Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer

July 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


AFT’s Farmland for the Next Generation:

Land Access

Wednesday July 31st in Spokane, WA – 9am to 4pm

222 N Havana
Spokane, WA

This is intended for agricultural educators of all kinds! Any extension, land trusts, conservation districts, and other community partner organizations interested in advising beginning farmers and ranchers on their land access decision making!

American Farmland Trust (AFT) conducted an extensive national inventory and evaluation of existing farm succession and land access curricula. Although land access is one of the leading barriers to entry for new and beginning farmers, AFT found a significant gap in resources and curricula to address this vital yet complex issue. In response, AFT created Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training Curricula, a comprehensive, skills-based tool kit for agricultural educators to help beginning farmers and ranchers assess their readiness and find and secure a suitable land tenure situations.
The curriculum was developed to help beginners attain core skills or competencies. It is structured around a series of eight Learning Plans, or workshops, and the core competencies they address. If delivered without modification, this represents three days of training. However, it can be adapted to meet the needs of different audiences and levels of experience.

The Land Access Train-the-Trainer
Wednesday, July 31st, Spokane, WA.

This will be a 1-day intensive workshop where participants will be walked through the AFT Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training Curriculum (LAT). Learn about the the performance-based learning model, examine learning materials and lessons, how to access resources, and analyze how LAT Teaching Plans support the learning cycle. And finally, aspiring LATs will develop a Preparing to Train Action Plan!

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.
The Farmland for the Next Generation curriculum and this Training Manual were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agricultures Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Award # 2015-70017-23901. Special thanks to the Farm Credit Contributions Program, Farm Credit East, and Farm Credit-Mid America for their generous cash and in-kind contributions, and members of American Farmland Trust.


July 31, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


WSU Food Systems
University of Idaho Extension
American Farmland Trust


WSU Spokane County Extension
222 N Havana
Spokane, WA 99202 United States
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