Field and Classroom Activities
In the Field
Seeing the progress of crops on our 7 acres of outdoor production and in the 9 hoophouses can lead to lots of discussions. Often, we split the OFTP group into 3 groups of 5 or 6 for hands-on activities, so each participant gets an opportunity to try out a new tool or skill. Some hands-on activities or farm demonstrations work well as a full group.
In the Classroom
Group discussions, vision sharing presentations and Farm Business Plan Presentations allow the cohort to learn from each other. We also split into small groups to brainstorm ideas for a participant's farm, for hands-on activities, etc. The OFTP workbook allows a space to think through your farm plan and class topics.
Lectures and Readings at your own pace
Lectures by the OFTP instructor are available online to save class time for hands-on activities, farm walks, group discussions and guest speakers. Students have access to many books and resources through MSU.