Occasionally, the Farm-Based Education Association enthusiastically takes on a consulting project.
In the fall of 2011 the FBEA was retained by the city of Germantown, Tennessee to help with the development of a farm-based education center project as a part of their Parks and Recreation Department. The FBEA will be providing expertise by facilitating a community meeting to gain input for the project and guidance with program development and implementation.
Battle Road Farms
The Minute Man National Historic Park, the Farm School, and the Farm-Based Education Association have partnered to establish Battle Road Farms to increase the amount of agricultural activity within the park and expand the agricultural interpretation and education that is offered to the over 1.2 million visitors who spend time at the park each year. The Farm-Based Education Association will work collaboratively to develop programming and agricultural activity at the park and to connect the park to the larger farm-based education community. The integrated management program for farmland in the park will combine productive and sustainable agricultural endeavors in a historic cultural landscape with interpretive and educational elements. This farming program would maintain the open farmscape of the park, giving visitors a more authentic visual experience of conditions at the time of the battle – April 19, 1775. The farmscape was important to the way the battle unfolded and its characteristics aided or impeded troop movements and deployments. The nature of the colonists’ farm culture was also important to the reasons that New Englanders rebelled against British imperial rule, and to the way they organized their resistance.
Kalamazoo Nature Center
In 2009 we worked with the Kalamazoo Nature Center in Michigan to develop their 19th century DeLano Homestead into a public access, working, organic, sustainable farm complex for the community.
In 2007 we worked with a New England farm family to develop a plan for their large farm and forest property (they asked that their exploration remain confidential).