What We Do…
NCFS utilizes an extension framework in a 4-to-6 county cluster where Extension agents play a key role in classroom presentations, group facilitation, and enterprise selection. We teach sound production practices and crop management decision making as a part of a process to deliver a fully developed business curriculum over a four-month period. These classroom hours utilize the support of the agents and the practical knowledge of local farmers to facilitate classroom learning. The classroom business sessions are reinforced with multiple farm visits. Our method deploys the resources of each region while allowing the flexibility of location to meet the demand for the program.
NCFS is a “learn-plan-do” program; each month the NCFS participants are expected to apply what they have learned. that month through homework assignments and a web-based business plan template.