i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – GAP Training for Urban Gardeners

Cindy Brison

Extension Educator

University of Nebraska, IANR

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

I want urban gardeners to produce safe food to consume, preserve or donate. This includes school and child care gardens, community gardens, master gardeners, and the home gardener.

How will you measure that change?

Pre and post-tests for short term know.edge change, follow up in three months with a questionnaire, and social media potential follow up with pictures of changes made and success stories. I am also hopeful to follow up in. Person locally if possible.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

How to break this into modules, and to start with it as a webinar on eXtension Learning. This will get the word out for Extension personnel to use it, and also function as a method of marketing initially!

How did the design-a-thon help you?

It took me out of my comfort zone with technology and has convinced me that there are many people trying to do similar things, and we can umbrella together to form a stronger front for education!

Summary:

GAP training is available for large producers, but not for the small urban gardener, or local community gardens. Growing and harvesting produce safely is the goal of my program “Grow and Stow it Safely.” This program will impact consumers, local community gardeners, child care providers and school gardens. It will give them the knowledge to plant and maintain safe crops, whether they are conventional or organic. It will also demonstrate safe harvesting procedures, storage and food preservation. We have the potential to place this online for more than Nebraskans to utilize with our new culinary studio technology.

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