Current Trends and Issues: Organic Farming

Organic Farming: MS.11 : Being a Self-starter (1,IA) (PDF) | (PPT)

Draw the connection to the farmer that had enough foresight to begin the process of organic farming and the sale of organic farming products. This producer was a self-starter. Have students think of other self-starters in ag and what they could possibly start.

Organic Farming: HS.64 : Leader-follower Relationships (all,IA) (PDF) | (PPT)

When organic farming products were first introduced on a large scale, they were seen as sub-standard to commercially grown products because they didnt meet the consumers need for beautiful food. Over time, organic farmers have refined their practices to meet the demands of US consumers. The same is true for students -- they must realize that at first, they most likely are not refined leaders, but as they hone their skills, they move into more refined leadership roles.

Organic Farming: AHS.25 : Selflessness Toward Others (all,IA) (PDF) | (PPT)

Organic farming must give up something, usually yield, in order to grow an organic product. In giving up yield farmers are normally gaining something in return -- usually health or environmental benefits. Just as in this relationship, a person practicing selflessness will give something up in order to gain something else -- many times inner peace and pride in putting others first.