Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training
Upper Midwest (Region 1)
Starting a CRAFT Program
- 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
- 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