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Milestone 1: Entry Event
Milestone 2: Planning and Design
Milestone 3: Research and Product Development
Milestone 4: Final Presentation
agricultural literacy: an agriculturally literate person understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects our quality of life
agriculture: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products
agritourism: any agriculturally-based operations or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch
farm biosecurity: a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases
farming: the production of food and fiber derived from plants and animals. Farmers must understand the economics, business, mathematics, and science involved in getting their crops and animals to market. The science involved in agriculture includes the knowledge of ecosystems, soil, water, weather, chemistry, and plant and animal biology.
Agritourism: Extreme Farm Makeover is a Project-Based Learning (PBL) plan. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.1 A quality PBL experience requires seven essential elements.
Many agricultural producers are able to transform their farming operations into tourist destinations and open their doors to the public. Agritourism is an increasingly popular way for farmers and ranchers to not only increase profits, but also provide experiences that increase agricultural literacy. Examples of agritourism include farmers markets, farm tours, children's educational day camps, overnight bed and breakfasts, wagon rides, horse-back riding, petting farms, vineyards, rural event centers, and pick-your-own produce opportunities.
Agricultural producers should consider the agritourism experience they'd like to start, how it will bring in initial and repeat customers, location and geography, and nearby competition. Potential risks and hazards should also be considered, including farm biosecurity, liability, and any regulations.
At the beginning of the project, students are introduced to key content using a compelling situation that provides context and serves as a catalyst for an authentic problem or challenge. In Project-Based Learning (PBL), this authentic problem/challenge is referred to as an "Entry Event." Students use the Entry Event to initiate inquiry by reflecting on their prior knowledge of the key content, generating questions that they need to know the answers to in order to successfully complete the project or process that will solve the problem, and identifying what their next steps might be to answer their questions. These questions are used in an ongoing way throughout the project to track learning and guide inquiry.3 While students may have several questions, one driving question needs to be agreed upon that, when answered, should address the initial solution. Refer to Milestone 1 for Entry Event procedures.
In PBL, projects are organized into milestones. Each milestone represents a significant stage of the project. Click on each milestone below to access instructional procedures.
Milestone 1: Entry Event (approximately 2 days)
Milestone 2: Planning and Design (approximately 1 day)
Milestone 3: Research and Product Development (approximately 3 days)
Milestone 4: Final Presentation (approximately 3 days)
Concept Elaboration and Evaluation:
As a final wrap-up, review and summarize the following key points:
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Utah Agriculture in the Classroom