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RE: Youth Entrepreneurship video?

  • Subject: [cg] RE: Youth Entrepreneurship video?
  • From: Steve Smoot <steveshome@juno.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 10:28:38 -0800

Not quite a community gardening video but it may work for your young people.
Heaven knows that the steady, persistant rise in the average age of the American food producer needs to turn around at some point. (Myself? I'm planning to begin the process of growing younger at any moment ;o)

Steve Smoot, Secretary
Spokane Farmers' Market Association
P.O. Box 7424
Spokane, WA 99207
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Heidi Busse <heidi_busse@YAHOO.COM>
To: Community Food Security Coalition <comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 11:21:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Young Agrarians Resource Guide
Message-ID: <20040301192101.22685.qmail@web13310.mail.yahoo.com>
Forwarded on behalf of Johanna Divine, Flagstaff, AZ (johanna.divine@nau.edu)

Sender:  Johanna Divine <Johanna.Divine@NAU.EDU>
To:  heidib@landstewardshipproject.org
Date:  26 Feb 2004, 10:13:26 AM

Young Agrarians: Changing the Face of Agriculture.  A Resource Guide and program aimed at high school and college-aged students.

The Young Agrarians educational video and resource guide was born out of a
passion for getting young people into agriculture and the consequent realization that they were simply not excited by opportunities in industrial-scale, commodity production.  There is so much more out there in sustainable
agriculture that simply is not promoted to young people, hence a dwindling
number of new farmers. 

"There is no escaping the fact that the future of American farming is dependent upon a new generation of farm operators."   From Farm to Table, Capital Area Foodbank

Few young people are aware of the excitement generated by creative thinkers and doers whose innovations are transforming agriculture in the 21st century. Youth with an interest in agricultural careers often receive little encouragement from teachers, parents, and school counselors.

The goal of this project is to inform and inspire tomorrow's food producers and consumers, especially those with a demonstrated interest in agricultural careers. The Young Agrarians educational video and resource guide illuminates how young people can participate in developing safe, just, and sustainable local and regional food systems in their home communities. By providing peer examples of entrepreneurial and ecologically minded young agrarians in urban, rural, tribal, and minority communities, this project encourages young people to move forward to the land in creative ways and places. The video and resource guide consider agricultural careers in a new light, affecting our
understanding of the food system and helping us create a new vision for the future of agriculture in the West.

The objectives of the Young Agrarians educational video and resource guide
are to:
INSPIRE young people to pursue careers in agriculture and food production
INFORM youth about critical issues facing todayÂ?s food producers and consumers
INNOVATE ways to transform agricultural education into action
EMPOWER tomorrow's food producers and consumers to realize their vision
for a safe, just, and sustainable food system.

The 26 minute video and 9-page resource guide are currently available free of charge to a limited number of vocational agriculture and related programs. Please contact johanna.divine@nau.edu for more information.

Johanna Divine
Northern Arizona University
Box 22188 Flagstaff, AZ 86002


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