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									Supporting Learning for
  Organic Innovation



   Annie Perkins, Groundwork Associates

             Rebecca Reider

Annick and Robin Janson, Ecosynergy Group
               Overview
• People come to organics from lots of
  different directions
• Individual needs are different
• Organic farming is complex
• Support learning with approaches that
  deliver results
These are the stories of a couple of leaders
and how they got started down the organic
                 pathway.

  Organic farmers are motivated by many
 different things. Respect their journey and
             their personal beliefs

Focus learning opportunities that will support
 them being successful in action and doing
Mike Moss and Madeline Rix-Trott, Dairy Farmers, Waikato
Bruce McGill, drystock farmer, Otago
Rebecca Reider
     The journey in Organic farming

• Recognise that there are different stages
  in being a successful organic farmer or
  grower

• Innovation happens at all the stages

• Understand the needs at all the different
  stages
                    Learning cycle

                      Which leads to learning
                      something new



                    Learn
                    something
Reflect –           new
what
happened?                  Experiment



      Act – Give it a go
Organic farming decisions are often
             complex
Type of       Things to   Number of
decision      consider    right answers
Simple        few         one


Complicated   some        one difficult one


Complex       lots        many difficult
                          ones
Mike Moss
               Mike Moss
• Use the conversion time for learning
• Mastitis example – listen for how Mike
  manages this
• Tools- homeopathy remedies, recipes
• Genetic selection
• Using information
• Principles and policies
• Gut feel and intuition – tacit knowledge
                Simple                                                Complex


Impact on       Raise       Provide       Impart skills   Influence   Elicit action
understanding   awareness   facts         or              values
                                          knowledge

Communication   Promotion   Information   Explanation     Problem     Dialogue.
approach        and                                       solving
                            Give facts                                Discussion
                marketing   Often in                      Personal    between
                            written                       contact     equals.
                            form                                      Actively
                                                                      engage.
                                                                      Experiment


Typology of     Passive     Provide       Consult         Interact    Self
participation   listening   information                   Provide     mobilise
                                                          resources
          Rebecca Reider
• Rural mentors
               Mike Moss
• http://leadership.rsnz.org/collections/31
Principles of successful experiential
               learning
•   Practical, hands-on.
•   Farmer-led.
•   Rigorous and field tested.
•   Systems approach and integrated.
•   Structured to encourage constructive
    debate.
                  Resources
• http://leadership.rsnz.org/collections/31

• Google “Learning from Leaders in
 Sustainable Farming ” resources on MAF
 SFF website

• www.elg.ac.nz
  Our contacts
    Robin and Annick Janson
      Ecosynergy Group
        info @egl.ac.nz
         www.egl.ac.nz

         Rebecca Reider
    rebecca.reider@gmail.com

         Annie Perkins
     Groundwork Associates
annie@groundworkassociates.co.nz
 www.groundworkassociates.co.nz
                Wrap up
• People come to organics from lots of
  different directions
• Individual needs are different
• Organic farming is complex
• Support learning with approaches that
  deliver results

								
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