The Community provides its members with a number of year-round continuing opportunities including professional development opportunities, networking and collaboration, and our monthly Gatherings.
Each month, we gather in a Zoom online meeting room for either a special presentation from one of our members or a round-table discussion we call “Road Warriors,” the topic of which is usually announced by our email newsletter, sent out a week or two before. The Gatherings generally start at 1 pm Eastern.
2020 Gatherings Schedule
January 14 – Management and Leadership Resolutions for 2020
February 11 – Bookclub! Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly, discussion led by Amy Cole and Nic Richardson
March 10 – Web accessibility presentation and roundtable with Iowa State’s accessibility team.
April 1 – SPECIAL EDITION! Working remotely and staying sane during the pandemic. Roundtable discussion led by Greg Johll
April 14 – Bookclub! Simon Sinek’s The Infinite Game, discussion led by Nic Richardson and Ed Zuech
May 12 – Web accessibility, Take TWO! Due to popular demand, we are re-presenting the session from March 10 with Iowa State’s accessibility team along with new takeaways and tips.
June 9 – Virtual Conference Preview!
July 14 – Zoom Security with University of Wisconsin Educational Specialist, Tony Roman.
August 11 – CANCELED – Emotional Intelligence presentation by Iowa State University Extension specialist, Alison Boelman
September 8 – Connecting with Urban, Hobby and Community Garden Farmers through Facebook Live with Lisa Hickey, Sustainable Food Systems Extension Agent with the University of Florida
Horticultural information about specific crops is one of the most requested topics from small-scale farmers. Producers typically visit websites in search of information that helps to overcome challenges with specific growing conditions. Challenges can vary from disease and pest pressure to understanding the correct cultural conditions for grow specific crops. During the COVID-19 pandemic, alternative educational outreach was required to continue supporting the needs of the agricultural producers. Sustainable Food Systems Extension Agents teamed up and utilized Facebook Live videos to reach out to a wide range of urban and rural small-farm producers. An added benefit to using Facebook Live videos is that community gardeners and home gardeners are able to access the same information, which provides them with tools for increased success in growing food for home consumption. From a non-existent number of downloads two months ago, the current downloads exceed 3,000 views. Many growers have expressed their appreciation for the information. Others have emailed or called for additional assistance on growing their crops after watching videos.
October 13 -Take Your Zoom from Required to Desired with Instructional Strategies with Megan Wecker and Christine Rybak from the University of Wisconsin Extension.
Have you ever participated in a Zoom Meeting that left you debating the best angle to inconspicuously check your phone- we know we have?! You can avoid this Zoom drag by applying even one or two simple researched-based instructional strategies to your presentations, demos, or teaching events. This presentation will impart some of the research behind the “why,” show you how to do it, and then give you a chance to practice incorporating active learning strategies into your own work.
November 10 – Teaching Remote Pilots with University of Florida Extension Agent, Jennifer Bearden
December 8 – Discussion of Alternative Operations Models, as Dictated by COVID-19 with Auburn University Extension IT Manager Greg Parmer