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Whole Farm Planning - Integrating childcare, healthcare, and health insurance into farm planning curriculum


Are you currently an agricultural educator or service provider working with beginning farmers, young farmers, or women farmers in the North Central Region? Are you addressing issues of farm viability, farm succession, or farm mental health? Do you see a need among your audiences to integrate issues related to childcare, health care, and health insurance into whole farm programming? If so, we invite you to apply to this new professional development opportunity to become a more confident educator in these topics.

USDA and CDC research shows that childcare, healthcare, and health insurance impact farm economic development, risk management, farm safety, and quality of life. To address these issues Ohio State University and American Farmland Trust (AFT) are offering a new opportunity to provide you with the tools, knowledge, and ability to offer programs that address childcare, health care, and health insurance decision making. We are seeking 10 agricultural educators from the North Central Region to serve as partners and pilot testers of this curriculum.

You will work with the following diverse team of collaborators:

*Dr. Shoshanah Inwood, Asst. Professor, Rural Sociologist, Ohio State University, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science

*Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator, Financial Management and Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

*Dr. Joy Rumble (Goodwin), Evaluation Specialist, The Ohio State University

*Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust (AFT)- Land Access Trainers

Your commitment as an educator:

  • Participate in two 1-hour distance learning activities in September 2024 taught by leading experts.
  • Identify 1 additional colleague from your institution or program initiative to participate in the training and pilot testing.
  • Attend one in-person 2.5-day workshop, October 29-31, 2024, to be trained in the content, curriculum, and delivery methods, receive educational materials, and network with other educators.
  • Deliver training to farmers to field test and evaluate the curriculum, materials and training methods.
  • Participate in 2 of 4 peer-to-peer networking virtual calls in per year in 2024 and 2025 to share information, lessons learned and successful practices.

Benefits to You as a Trainer: You each will receive a $2000 stipend to attend the training and support the initiative. Additionally, you'll receive professional development training and support from the team to implement the program and access to the completed materials for your use in the future.

To find out more click here:  Whole Farm Planning for the 21st Century: Integrating childcare, healthcare, and health insurance into farm planning curriculum | Center for Community and Working Landscapes (

Deadline to apply:  August 1, 2024.

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