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Host Training Plan

Taproot Farm

Name George Brittenburg Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Quispe –  –
Training Start Date April 16, 2018 Training End Date November 19, 2018
Steward Training Hours per Week 50  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $12.50/hour
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value Farm Produce $30/month, use of vehicle $50 per month
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier SWIF
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 12
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 3
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Crop Establishment
Start Date of Phase April 16, 2018 End Date of Phase May 15, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase George Brittenburg Supervisor Title Farmer/Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4846024812
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Gaston will participate in the establishment of organic vegetable crops. In this training period we will prepare fields for planting, seed transplants in the greenhouse and transplant our seedlings to the field.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Gaston will learn the fundamentals of these three areas of crop establishment. He will be able to use basic farm equipment for secondary field preparation; he will be able to tend to the crop propagation greenhouse and sow crops for transplant; and he will learn to use the mechanical transplanter.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

12 years farm experience; 9 years ownership of farm

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Gaston will enjoy group gatherings with our local farming community and participate in seasonal holiday activities. We will also visit Washington, DC.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Crop establishment and care/harvest

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

-Gaston will work under George in the greenhouses to sow, plant and care for greenhouse transplants and crops.
-Gaston will learn to transplant the crops to the field using a mechanical transplanter.
-Gaston will learn the fundamentals of crop care during this period. He will help execute the cultural practices that are required for each crop.
-Depending on skill set, he will aid in field preparation.
-He will aid in irrigation installation and its use.
-He will begin to harvest crops.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Gaston’s competency will be measured directly by George, who has much experience training people in the field.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Summer Harvest and Fall Planting
Start Date of Phase May 15, 2018 End Date of Phase September 1, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase George Brittneburg Supervisor Title Farmer, Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4846024812
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Gaston will aid in the harvest and care of late spring and summer crops and help to establish fall crops.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Gaston will learn the techniques and skills of harvest and packing produce.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

12 years farm experience; 9 years ownership of farm

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

During this phase we will enjoy holiday activities together and travel to farmers’ market.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Harvest
Post-harvest handling
Summer Crop production care and maintenance
Fall crop establishment

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

-Gaston will work closely with George to learn to harvest summer crops such as tomatoes and summer squash.
-Gaston will work with a crew of harvesters to maintain summer harvest
-Gaston will work with George to learn the fundamentals of crop maintenance during this period
-Gaston will aid in the establishment of fall crops

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Gaston’s competency will be measured directly by George, who has much experience training people in the field.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Fall Harvest and Cover Cropping
Start Date of Phase September 1, 2018 End Date of Phase November 19, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase George Brittenburg Supervisor Title Farmer/Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4846024812
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Gaston will learn how to harvest and store fall crops. He will learn cover cropping techniques to protect the soil while it is resting and to increase soil fertility.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Gaston will learn proficiency in cover crop establishment and fall crop harvest.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

12 years farm experience; 9 years ownership of farm

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

In the fall we will hike, host a farm gathering, celebrate halloween and visit NYC.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Gaston will learn proficiency in cover crop establishment and fall crop harvest.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

-Gaston will work with George and harvest crew to bring in the fall harvest
-He will work with George and packhouse crew to properly handle and store fall crops
-He will work with George to renovate cropped fields and establish cover crops.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Gaston’s competency will be measured directly by George, who has much experience training people in the field.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)