i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Urban IPM

Janet Hurley

Extension Program Specialist – School IPM

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Entomology

 

Fudd Graham

Coordinator-Alabama Fire Ant Management Program/Pesticide Safety Program

Auburn University, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology

Shaku Nair

Assistant in Extension

University of Arizona

Faith Oi

Assistant Extension Scientist

University of Florida

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Kathy Murray

Entomologist

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

From Team Leader Janet Hurley:

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Goal: Increased food safety in schools through IPM

How will you measure that change?

Food hygiene reports
Number of children with improved environmental quality due to fewer pests
Pest numbers before and after training
Have a link on partner websites as demonstration
Knowledge gained
Downloads of action plans at eXtension site
Number of teams using infographics

Follow up question: What are positive changes brought about as a result of our materials
• Will use the information gained with colleagues/others
• Will share information gained with colleagues/others
• Will recommend materials/trainings to colleagues/supervisors
• Will practice better sanitation and pest management techniques at work/home

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

Integrate our strategy with other partners affiliated with school
Integrate information into classroom curriculum, framing IPM around school gardens and food safety

Output: designing infographics

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Our group learned new techniques, new resources and we have hope and expectations to work outside our normal audiences. As Specialists our topic is so narrow that we typically work directly with the public but this meeting has given us the motivation and connections to work with co-workers and other partners 1) Farm-to-school, 2)National School Garden Network and 3)National Ag in the Classroom: https://www.agclassroom.org/

Summary:

The focus of our project is to work with other food system groups to help us refine, develop and distribute information about pest management in a variety of settings. At the same time, our group is seeking assistance with updating information in a 21st Century platform like infographics, social media messaging and impact statement writing not just for our Agencies, but also to help spread the word about IPM in all settings. Our ultimate goal is to build new relationships with Extension personnel whom may not be aware of the expertise we can offer to everyday pest problems.

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