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Teaching for Transformation: Approaches to Farmers as Learners

This day-long training will highlight the process of designing educational environments for adult learners. Based on popular education with its focus on dialogue and inclusivity versus presentation of information, this will be a day of interaction, practice, and reflection. Together we will explore building communities of practice and facilitating learner-driven content based on two methods that will be utilized at the Marbleseed Organic Farming conference. These methods are also meant to be facilitation tools for anyone doing farmer and community education.

Marbleseed is offering scholarships for our annual Organic Farming Conference to 14 attendees, so they have the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills at the 2024 Organic Farming Conference Convergence!


Date/Time: January 30, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Farmers Rising (formerly Angelic Organics) | 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011

Lodging: More details to come!

Meals: Light breakfast, snacks, and lunch provided

Event/registration link: Register here.

Fee: Free. Support stipends are available for farmer attendees. Contact info@marbleseed.org


· Andragogy: What does the theory say?

· Popular Education and Education for Action

· Centering Learners: Knowledge Café and Facilitated Conversations

· Centering Learners: Spontaneous Content with Open Space and “Unconference”

· “To know a thing does not mean you do a thing”; What about measuring outcomes with these methods?

About your Facilitators

Lori Stern , MA Ed is the current Executive Director at Marbleseed. She received her master’s degree in adult education with a focus on professional development and program design. Lori has published curricula and developed training for teachers on interactive learning methods and popular education.

Justine Bursoni , MA Ed is the Farmer Education Manager at Marbleseed. She holds a master’s in art education with a focus on English as a Second Language. Her focus as an educator is working outside of the traditional setting where she collaborates with communities to build a bridge between disciplines with a holistic approach.

*This training is supported by NCR-SARE Grant ENC22-209 “Educational Methods for Farmer Self-Organizing.” *