Creating a Tribal Farm
When Fara Ann Brummer of Warm Springs Oregon began her SARE-funded project, Cropland Planning Group, her original intent was for the group to focus on one piece of tribal land and produce a well-thought out plan as an exercise. What happened in addition to this is that the group took on a life of its own through the middle phase of the project and gained immense tribal support to start a farm. The participants of the group viewed the creation of a Tribal Farm as a natural outcome of the project, and they founded the farm with support from Extension and their Tribal Council.
Brummer says “This project had the type of results that we enjoy seeing as Extension. We provide the tools for learning, and the constituents use the information and make their own decisions about their resources. The tribal members involved in the Cropland Planning Group were the ones that initiated the Tribal Farm through their own decisions and actions.”
Formal evaluations and observation by Brummer demonstrate that in addition to increasing crop planning skills and agriculture knowledge, the participants developed facilitation and leadership skills, all of which led to the unanticipated outcome of a beginning Tribal Farm as quickly as it occurred.
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