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Learner Sets Goal to Initiate an Inclusive Community Agriculture Project

Mar 30, 2021

Carolyn Jennings took the Wilmette Institute course Bahá’í Perspectives on Food and Agriculture. For her final project, she developed a chart depicting the steps she will take to initiate a community agriculture project for people of all ages and races in her community. Her learning self-assessment explains her thought process:

This is my second time taking the course on Food and Agriculture. At the same time, I was also involved in a rich discussion group with the Agriculture Working Group (AWG) on the book Food Security by Ralph Martin and listened to all the AWG monthly presentations. I also recently finished a consciousness-raising group on race and volunteered to facilitate another AWG reading group on Farming While Black by Leah Penniman. In this latter class, we were directed to make a vision board and SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) for using what we have learned about racism to take action. My goal overlaps with my goal for the Food and Agriculture course, which is to initiate a local community action involving gardening with a mixed age and race group.

I’ve been thinking about this goal for quite a while. Since my study these past few months, I’ve realized the necessity for a partner or a team to collaborate with and the importance of incorporating an income stream into the plan. (This last idea is from Jay Craig’s presentation for the AWG.)  

The first item on my to-do list of SMART goals is to finish reviewing the readings and posts for this course and look for more ideas; I’m grateful that the materials stay up for an extended period after the course ends.

Carolyn’s “SMART” Goals

(This is a work in progress): O = work on; X = complete

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Carolyn Jennings

Carolyn is a retired elementary school teacher, a long-time gardener and a "Wilmette Institute fan." She lives in Martindale, Texas.

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