- Farmer Introductions
- Ohio State OFFER Introductory Remarks (Cassy Brown)
- CSU Introductory Remarks (Cindy Folck and Sakthi Kumaran Subburayalu)
- OEFFA Introductory Remarks (Renee Hunt)
II SARE Proposal Objectives Douglas Jackson-Smith
III Feedback – small group discussion moderated by Julia Barton, Cassy Brown, and Cathy Herms
Small Group Questions
- Do you think this proposal is likely to produce benefits for the organic farming community? For your farm/organization/lab? For you personally?
- What would convince you to participate? (These will change with audience) Learning research techniques, answering real on-farm questions, paid involvement, cover materials costs, building relationships, advancing the industry, building new programs/crops/projects. All of these things may have value, but which ones are most important, the most convincing?
- What concerns would need to be addressed before you would participate? Privacy, interference with other projects/practices, time commitment, etc.
- How useful and/or easy will it be to share "how-to" information on research practices? Are there specific research techniques do you feel are worth sharing?
- What ideas do you have to create more opportunities for researchers to learn about on-farm practices and needs?
- What do you think is the best way to share research results (in perfect conditions)? Field days featuring farmers and researchers, short videos, short understandable research summaries, conference presentations, other?
- What are other keys to making this network succeed?
IV Reconvene and Share Feedback Notes
- What if we don’t get this grant? What steps could we take now to increase collaboration that will benefit the industry?
- Open Discussion / Next Steps