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Andrew Williamson

Your NameAndrew Williamson
Your E-mail Address[email protected]
1. Learning Objectives #1Objective: Learn the most effective way to use a planting schedule to maximize the efficiency of farm operations
Activity: 1) Observe a demonstration of the planting schedule tools and techniques used at Solidarity and participate in planning the planting schedule for Winter/Spring 2016/17.
2) Demonstrate competency by co-planning summer season 2017.
2. Learning Objectives #2Objective: Understand the costs/benefits and strategies relating to the various distribution channels and marketing approaches (CSA, Wholesale, Restaurants, etc) used at Solidarity farm.
Activity: Observe the models in practice through participation in the farms day to day operations, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each model with the owners and perform a cost benefit analysis of each of the strategies to determine their profitability and contribution to the overall success of the business.
3. Learning Objectives #3Objective: Learn about the different options for organic weed and pest management used at Solidarity Farm.
Activity: Observe and research the different weeds and pests on the farm and discuss, observe and practice implementing different control techniques.
Competency will be measured by performing a pest inventory for 2016 for carrots, chard and beets and comparing pest pressure on these crops with 2017.
4. Learning Objectives #4Objective: Learn how to do bee keeping and harvest honey.
Activity: Work alongside the experienced bee keeper at the farm, Steven Heslin and spend at least 16 hours assisting professional beekeepers in San Diego county. Competency will be demonstrated by taking responsibility for adding and caring for two new hives at Solidarity farm.
5. Learning Objectives #5Objective: Lear to address soil fertility issues through composting and cover cropping.
Activity: Discuss and observe the different fertility strategies in place at Solidarity farm at the moment and then take responsibility for soil improvement on a designated field in January, measuring improvement through to August 2017.
[Host Signature] I have reviewed these Learning Objectives with our Steward and agree to help him/her accomplish these objectives while training with our farm/business/organization.Ellee Igoe