i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Sustainable Crop Production

Wesley Everman

Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Specialist

North Carolina State University

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Develop the Fike Teaching Garden into a training center for extension agents, growers, industry stakeholders, and students by providing hands on education in a field setting by Extension Specialists for southern crops.

How will you measure that change?

Through follow up surveys with attendees, and feedback from stakeholders and students.

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

I will look into incorporating an Elite Grower School if feasible.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Many of the practices used were repeating steps I had already taken. The interaction with others was good, although I have not identified a specific area of change or growth.

Summary:

Sustainable crop production is a current need that will only gain in importance in the future. We are re-visioning a teaching garden to serve as a training center to provide hands on learning experiences to students, agents, growers, and industry personnel. This facility will allow people from non-ag backgrounds to learn real skills in the real world.

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