Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers

Created with SARE support
Therese Zimmerman-Niemier | 2015

With the help of an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, three farmers worked with interns to develop 26 educational power point modules as part of a comprehensive intern educational program. Their goal was to develop modules that would serve as resources to farmers as an educational curriculum to train beginning farmers in sustainable and profitable food-growing practices. The internship curriculum is useful for small farmers to use on their own to educate themselves and to provide a rich experience for interns.  

The modules cover all aspects of sustainable farming practices and concerns for the future of farming. Interns assisted in the development of the curriculum, and each had primary responsibility for the development of specific modules. Each completed Power Point module went through several layers of critique and editing including: peers, farmers and a university professor.

The farmers from the three project farms all have different production expertise, but each is passionate in their belief that local small farm production is the future of food security in their community. The farmers are all committed to the education of future farmers. They came together to help encourage other small farming enterprises to include interns and an educational component in their farm business. 

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.