Field and Classroom Activities

 
OFTP students trellising tomatoes in a Hoop House
Trellising tomatoes in a hoop house.

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.
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Gain first hand experience with various tools and tractor implements.

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.
 

Three students observe soil in a beaker, testing for acidity

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.