Learning Community


The GREW Learning Community provides a shared space and dialogue-driven venue for peer-to-peer learning, to build program evaluation capacity for improved beginning farmer & rancher programming.  

How It Works

  • All sessions focus on peer interaction and knowledge sharing, along with evaluator participation. Some sessions will focus more on exploring peers’ best practices, others may be more workshop focused, with skill building as a primary goal.  
  • Come prepared to participate! There will be small breakout groups to encourage idea sharing among all participants. You may get short reflection exercises to be completed ahead of time.
  • Sign-up early! Some sessions will have limited number of spaces for attendees.
  • The Learning Community provides the opportunity for people to pick and choose sessions that most fit their needs and interests. 
  • All sessions will be 60 minutes long. 

Who’s it For?

The target audience for the GREW learning community sessions are:

  • Individuals aiming to improve their beginning farmer & rancher programming 
  • Individuals who have interest in learning more about evaluation as it applies to their beginning farmer experience. They may or may not have experience in program evaluation.
  • Individuals who share an interest in learning from peers and peer organizations. 

Desired Outcomes for Participants

The goal is to help the participants build their inspiration, confidence and capacity to implement more and better program evaluation activities.

Session Products

In order to encourage full participation, sessions will not be recorded (except for short intro presentations), but general notes may be taken on the group’s whiteboard. Generally, these notes will only be available to those who participated in the session.  For some sessions, a list of best practices will be available to those who cannot attend.



Coming in March 2020.

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Evaluation – Stories from the Field – Learning from Fellow Beginning Farmer Training Organizations

September 18, 2019  – 10:30-11:30 PT / 1:30-2:30 ET

How has evaluation served your organization?  Come share and listen to stories about how evaluation has really helped or served fellow organizations who train beginning farmers and ranchers. Leave with inspiration and ideas for enhancing the usefulness of evaluation at your organization. Session limit – 40 people. To encourage full participation, this session will not be recorded. Notes will not be provided for this session.

Register here: https://tufts.webex.com/tufts/k2/j.php?MTID=t6d87fddbb26e7349b74f784b38f6f494