Managing the Student Farm I: Planning For Production
Special Topics Assignment
6-8 page paper and in-class presentation
This course offers an in depth look at practices associated with sustainable agriculture production. It is impossible for the instructors of this course to cover every aspect within this broad topic. To overcome this dilemma we are asking for your help! Through this assignment we are asking you to become an expert on a special topic that is relevant to production agriculture and the Student Farming Enterprise course. You will be asked to select a topic, do some research, and prepare a 6-8 page paper of ORIGINAL WORK that will serve as an informational report for your classmates.
Your paper should include the following:
The second portion of you grade for this assignment is to present your material to the group. There will be an in-class presentation (time and date to be determined) we will also be hosting a Special Topics Fair (time and date to be determined) for you to display your work and talk to others about what you have worked on. Note that for both presentations, reading from your report is not acceptable! You should bring in examples of materials where appropriate; pictures, informational brochures or any handouts that you think would enhance your presentation and give both your classmates and other interested parties valuable information on your topic.
Remember that you are responsible for providing this information to the class. Be creative and have fun with this assignment. All work is due on the due date; no work will be accepted after the due date. If you need help with your report or presentation, attend office hours or set up a time to meet with an instructor.
A detailed look at your topic, looking at options that are available for farmers, common practices, pricing, and any other relevant information. Be sure to focus on how the topic can be applied to the class and the Student Farm, as well as what recommendations you have for the group. A works-cited page is required.
A slightly less formal presentation of your project will occur during our scheduled class time, where you will summarize your findings and open up discussion with the rest of the class about how your subject can relate to the Student Farm. These presentations will be roughly 15-20 minutes long and will be peer reviewed. You should look to prepare a powerpoint presentaion -bring in artifacts to share and prepare to engage your audience.
Here is an example of what we are looking for.
A short video to show what you'll be doing at the Fair!