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AFT's Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer
WSU Spokane County Extension
Spokane, WA
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AFT's Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer
*All registrants for this training please fill out this pre-survey:

AFT's Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9am to 4pm

WSU Extension Spokane County
222 N Havana St, Spokane Valley, Washington 99202

This train-the-trainer is intended for agricultural educators of all kinds! Any extension, land trusts, conservation districts, and other community partner organizations interested in advising beginning farmers and ranchers on their land access decision making!

American Farmland Trust (AFT) conducted an extensive national inventory and evaluation of existing farm succession and land access curricula. Although land access is one of the leading barriers to entry for new and beginning farmers, AFT found a significant gap in resources and curricula to address this vital yet complex issue. In response, AFT created Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training Curricula, a comprehensive, skills-based tool kit for agricultural educators to help beginning farmers and ranchers assess their readiness and find and secure a suitable land tenure situations.

The curriculum was developed to help beginners attain core skills or competencies. It is structured around a series of eight Learning Plans, or workshops, and the core competencies they address. If delivered without modification, this represents three days of training. However, it can be adapted to meet the needs of different audiences and levels of experience.

The Land Access Train-the-Trainer
Wednesday, July 31st, Spokane, WA.
This will be a 1-day intensive workshop where participants will be walked through the AFT Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training Curriculum (LAT). Learn about the the performance-based learning model, examine learning materials and lessons, how to access resources, and analyze how LAT Teaching Plans support the learning cycle. And finally, aspiring LATs will develop a Preparing to Train Action Plan!

The Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training Curriculum is intended to educate beginning farmers and ranchers who are seekers from a farm family or tradition in the U.S. or abroad. They may be returning from military service or changing careers. They may have worked or apprenticed on farms or been inspired by urban agriculture or the local food movement. What they all have in common is the desire to make a living on the land.

People learn best by doing! The Land Access Training Curriculum employs a performance-based learning philosophy. It takes a skills-based approach to teaching and learning that focuses on what people need to do as a result of a learning experience, not just on what they need to know. AFT worked with Worldwide Instructional Design System, or WIDS, to draft the curriculum and train our inaugural class of Land Access Trainers, or LATs. A division of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation, WIDS provides instructional design and consulting services to diverse organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. The LATs piloted the curriculum with beginners they work with across the U.S. and, using standardized evaluation tools, shared feedback with AFT. The final curriculum is based on these evaluations as well as the review of the projects Educational Enhancement Team.

The Farmland for the Next Generation curriculum and this Training Manual were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agricultures Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Award # 2015-70017-23901. Special thanks to the Farm Credit Contributions Program, Farm Credit East, and Farm Credit-Mid America for their generous cash and in-kind contributions, and members of American Farmland Trust.

*All registrants for this training please fill out this pre-survey:

*Registrants are responsible for making there own lodging reservations, but there is a discounted rate available for participants. Please make reservations for your stay ASAP to assure room availability and be sure to mention you are with the Washington State University, Cultivating Success or Land Access Training.

Montvale Hotel
Address: 1005 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 624-1518

Other hotel options available include:
The Ruby2
Address: 123 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 838-8504

Hotel Ruby
Address: 901 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 747-1041

Limited travel and lodging scholarships are available upon request - Please submit requests directly to Nicole Witham, WSU Food Systems Program Coordinator (


WSU Spokane County Extension (View)
222 N Havana
Spokane, WA 99202
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: WSU Food Systems
On BPT Since: May 18, 2018
Nicole Witham

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