. Gather farmers
establish need for a program
secure commitment of farmers to guide the program (a board or advisory group)
secure commitment to allow interns to attend all events
secure commitment to lead training events
. Outline a mission statement
expose interns to diversity of approaches in farming
provide a peer group for interns
build cooperation among regional farmers
. Define the components of the program
transition sessions at season end
. Divide up responsibilities for the components
who will organize each part?
who will lead each activity?
who will facilitate the evaluations?
who will guide the overall program?
who will handle administrative functions (mailings, printing, calls, finances, etc.)?
. Map out how to handle expenses
coordinating the annual planning meetings
organizing the training activities
leading the training activities
transportation and food for the activities
sending out the mailings (postage, paper, envelopes, cards)
making phone calls to farmers and interns
printing the annual CRAFT packets
fundraising for the program
decide on if/how much membership dues
. Develop communications materials
an annual CRAFT handbook (w/ calendar, opps, farms, advanced internships)
. Publicize your CRAFT
on the web (ATTRA, Biodynamic Assoc., etc.)
through all member farms
with colleges and universities
at regional events and conferences
This outline for starting a CRAFT was developed by the Upper Midwest CRAFT and Angelic Organics Learning Center. For more information on how to start a CRAFT program, contact the Angelic Organics Learning Center at CRAFT@learngrowconnect.org or 815-389-8455.