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Rodale Institute

Name Cynthia James Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Trihatmojo –  –
Training Start Date March 13, 2017 Training End Date November 17, 2017
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $200/week
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value Free Housing, education program, workshops and produce from the farm; insurance that covers worktime.
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier Chubb insurance
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 35
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 6-15
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Spring planting
Start Date of Phase March 13, 2017 End Date of Phase May 26, 2017
Primary Supervisor during this phase Cynthia James, Daniel Kemper, Maggie Saska Supervisor Title ASC Program Manager, Field Foreman, Plant Production Specialist
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6106831439
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Orientation and learning basic planting operations for diversified vegetable production.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Understanding field plans, planting schedules, planting techniques and equipment operation.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager. Designed & Managed program for 5 seasons; 15 years of experience in organic vegetable production; experience teaching people of all ages in workshop, hands-on and classroom settings; adjunct professor for 2 University organic agriculture programs. BA in Design of the Environment; MS pending in Sustainable Food Systems

Daniel Kemper, Field Foreman. 4 Seasons working on an organic vegetable operation. 1 season supervising interns.

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist. 15 years of experience in growing. Experience in agricultural education at incubator farm working with international populations.

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

hiking; visiting other farms; movies;

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

Tractor training, hand tool training, soil preparation, compost production, compost tea production & utilization, greenhouse seeding & management, field seeding & transplanting (by hand & with larger equipment), laying plastic mulch, pest control (row cover management & organic inputs), high tunnel planting & operation, tomato grafting & trellising, cover cropping, field planning with successional crops, irrigation setup, etc.

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

Workshops and small hands-on field and classroom trainings. Steward will also be given online & electronic resources as well as several books for assigned readings and discussion questions. Steward will also be required to complete a one year field plan and a 3-year field plan including cover crops and rotations.

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

Observation and corrective action. Required journal & assignments that will be reviewed.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Harvest, Deliveries, continued maintenance
Start Date of Phase May 26, 2017 End Date of Phase September 1, 2017
Primary Supervisor during this phase Cynthia James, Daniel Kemper, Maggie Saska Supervisor Title ASC Program Manager, Field Foreman, Plant Production Specialist
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6106831439
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Harvesting and preparing produce for market. Distribution site management. Assuming some independent responsibilities with supervision.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Learn different techniques for properly handling and maintaining high quality organic food. Manage customer deliveries at assigned distribution site including establishing relationships and managing weekly accounting sheets. Continued field production.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager. Designed & Managed program for 5 season; 15 years of experience in organic vegetable production; experience teaching people of all ages in workshop, hands-on and classroom settings; adjunct professor for 2 University organic agriculture programs. BA in Design of the Environment; MS pending in Sustainable Food Systems.

Daniel Kemper, Field Foreman. 4 Seasons working on an organic vegetable operation. 1 season supervising interns.

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist. 15 years of experience in growing. Experience in agricultural education at incubator farm working with international populations.

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

hiking; visiting other farms; local fairs and festivals (e.g. Kutztown folk festival, Musik Fest in Bethlehem), 4th of July, etc.

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

Harvesting techniques for over 40 different crops, food safety and handling guidelines, washing & processing & storage techniques to maintain quality food, product order management, developing customer service relationships, tracking accounting records and handling many forms of payments, newsletter composition, tomato trellising, organic pest & weed & disease management, and other field/crop maintenance, etc.

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

Workshops and small hands-on field and classroom trainings.

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

Observation and corrective action. Required journal & assignments that will be reviewed.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Business development and end of season operations
Start Date of Phase September 1, 2017 End Date of Phase November 17, 2017
Primary Supervisor during this phase Cynthia James, Daniel Kemper, Maggie Saska Supervisor Title ASC Program Manager, Field Foreman, Plant Production Specialist
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6106831439
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Participate in business planning series, continued growing independence in distribution site management and field operations

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Develop a business plan; understand cover cropping techniques for temperate regions

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager. Designed & Managed program for 5 season; 15 years of experience in organic vegetable production; experience teaching people of all ages in workshop, hands-on and classroom settings; adjunct professor for 2 University organic agriculture programs. BA in Design of the Environment; MS pending in Sustainable Food Systems.

Daniel Kemper, Field Foreman. 4 Seasons working on an organic vegetable operation. 1 season supervising interns.

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist. 15 years of experience in growing. Experience in agricultural education at incubator farm working with international populations.

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

hiking; visiting other farms; Halloween, Apple Festival at farm, movies, etc.

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

Understand different parts of a business plan and developing own personalized idea into a presentation and hard copy of a plan; end of season maintenance, removal of mulch, soil tillage, cover crop seeding, high tunnel preparations for winter planting, garlic planting, continued deliveries to community distribution sites

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

Workshops and small hands-on field and classroom trainings. Partner with Lehigh and Kutztown University for business series in classroom.

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

Observation and corrective action. Required journal & assignments that will be reviewed. Business plan presentation and final product.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)

There are also small introductory workshops throughout all phases on topics including but not limited to: Pastured hogs, honeybee management, soil biology, vermicomposting, apple orchard management, medicinal gardens, pastured poultry, various research projects, and more.