Presenter Tips for Giving Great CRAFT Tours
#1. If you are a vegetable grower, please cover these topics in your general tour:
- Field preparation and Planting
- Pest management (weed control, disease, insect control)
- Planning and Record keeping
- Season extension and Greenhouse management
- Harvest and Post-harvest Handling
- Soils, Nutrient cycling, Cover cropping, Composting
- Marketing, Processing, Value-added products
- Equipment, Maintenance, Tools
#2. If you’re raising livestock, please cover these topics in your general tour
- Feed needs, sources, equipment
- Breeds & specific needs
- Field prep & Fencing
- Water needs & systems
- Animal safety
- Disease & predator control
- Planning and recordkeeping
- Marketing, Processing, value-added products
#3. Gear your talk to apprentices and beginning farmers:Equipment, maintenance, tools
- Go slowly and explain in good detail
- Share your story of how you got into farming: this is invaluable for folks on the brink of farming and those in their first few years.
- CRAFT members LOVE to have a handout from your tour: it helps them remember the key points after the tour is done.
- Your “lessons learned” and “recommended do’s and don’ts” are invaluable for folks starting out. Members want to hear about your mistakes as much as your successes.
- Encourage questions.
- Don’t gloss over subjects assuming that folks already know what you’re talking about.
#4. Plan your time well:
- You have about 2 – 2.5 hours for your tour: tour participants want to learn about your whole farm enterprise as well as about your particular tour topic. Plan about 1.5 hours for the full farm tour and then 1 hour for your specific topic.
- You are welcome (and encouraged!) to organize a work project just know that it may not all get done in that time period….
#5. Handouts are great!
- E-mail us the handouts you want and we’ll print copies and bring them to your tour.