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Fundamentals of Social Competency: Growing Agroforestry

Agroforestry Training for Natural Resource Professionals

This course is one in a six-part series of agroforestry courses for natural resource professionals, developed in collaboration with the Savanna Institute, National Agroforestry Center, Interlace Commons, and Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Introduction: Fundamentals of Social Competency

  • What is Social Competency?

Preparation: Understand Your Context

  • Self-Assessment
  • Understanding Your Community Context
  • Understand Your Institutional Context
  • Reaching Out, Making Connections

Developing the Program

  • Identifying Needs and Matching Capacities
  • Centering Community Perspectives
  • Establish Clear Expectations
  • Connect Farmers, and Get Out of The Way

Key Factors for Success

  • Sensitivity and Inclusiveness in Language
  • Awareness of Origins of Agroforestry
  • Connecting Farmers to All Relevant Support

Growing the Program

  • Strengthening Partnerships
  • Working at the Institutional Level
  • Moving Forward