Tap Your Potential: A Training to Grow Farmer Leadership in Watershed Management

Empower more farmers to get involved in efforts to improve water quality and soil health, on and off the farm.

Tap Your Potential: A Training to Grow Farmer Leadership in Watershed Management is a curriculum designed for use by outreach professionals and educators who work in agricultural watersheds and seek to recruit farmers to play a more proactive role in watershed management in their communities.

Through three modules and up to six hours of content, this customizable curriculum is suitable for jumpstarting a new effort or reinvigorating an existing project. Target audiences for the training include farmers and farm advisors.

Features that will make this curriculum an asset to your outreach include

  • A “plug and play” format that allows you to tailor it to your specific watershed and needs
  • Guidance on how to deliver the course to achieve the best outcomes among your participants, including tips for virtual delivery
  • A healthy dose of discussion to help training participants connect with the content and deepen their learning
  • Activities that help training participants apply what they learn and jumpstart their involvement in watershed management

Download the curriculum >>

Note: the download link will take you to a public Box folder where you can download a zip file with all of the curriculum components.

The curriculum package includes the following:

  • Facilitator’s Guide
  • Customizable PowerPoint presentations for the three modules
    • Module1: The What, Why, and How of Farmer Leadership to Protect Water
    • Module 2: What Farmers Need to Know about Watersheds and Watershed Management
    • Module3: Individual and Collective Solutions Where Farmers Can Make a Difference
  • Customizable Participant’s Packet
  • Completion Certificate Template
  • Two versions of a graphic that can be used in promotion

Watch this video to learn how to incorporate Tap Your Potential into your programming

This recording of a live Lunch & Learn for watershed and outreach professionals covers how you can incorporate Tap Your Potential into your programming. You’ll hear from the curriculum’s creators and their collaborators from Beaver Watershed Alliance and American Farmland Trust who helped pilot it with farmers and farm advisors in Arkansas and Ohio, respectively.

Tap Your Potential was developed by a team of Extension professionals from University of Arkansas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, and University of Kentucky. Funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enabled its creation.

Questions? Contact Jenny Seifert.