The intellectual output O1 is a manual for education in rural entrepreneurship through producing and valorising of medicinal and aromatic plants that are endangered or available only from spontaneous flora. The manual is accompanied by a supplement designed in an accessible and understandable manner for people without basic skills (school droppers, illiterates), in order to facilitate their inclusion in entrepreneurial training activities and to encourage their entrepreneurship initiatives. The manual will consists in text and demonstrations, photos, video recordings/movies, data sheets and best practices content, the supplement will deliver only audio/video content.
The manual, also the supplement will provide completed detailed information about how to implement a small/subsistence/ or family farm for producing and valorising 20 varieties of herbs. The manual aims to deliver a complete action plan, and will cover all the needed information about:
- How to found and manage a small/subsistence/ or family farm: management stages and activities customized for the addressed profile, accurate financial forecasting techniques, assessing all possible risks;
- How to produce competitive goods–there will be detailed 20 data sheets with varieties. By presenting 20 models, we assure flexibility in learning, but also in implementing. The target group has the possibility to choose the model that fits better with his needs, resources and availability. There will be presented in details the proper activities, best practices in order to maximize the productivity all the stages:
– soil preparation in accordance with the organic agriculture practices;
– seed treatments;
– seed sowing;
– vegetative growth;
– irrigation methods and water quantities;
– organic fertilization;
– weed and pest management;
– selling goods.
Each stage has specificities depending on the variety.
In order to assure a better dissemination of the manual and its supplement, designed for people from rural areas, including disadvantaged people, the project will produce a curricula for applying O1.
The curricula will consist in:
- Implementation procedures;
- The training purpose and objectives;
- Teaching and learning methodologies–practical activities that involves, stimulates the participants and ensures maximising the training results;
- Time allocated – training/breaks. The training must be applied for 20 hours (the proper time for the our target group education derived from the partners experience) and consist of 25% nonformal training and 75% and practical activities where the participants must apply the action plan described in the manual;
- Developed skills – the training will provide rural entrepreneurship knowledge for the participants about how to produce and generate income for their families. In order to fit in 20 hours, the training must include 2-3 case-studies, but in herbs agriculture one variety of plants cannot be grown on the same ground for two consecutive years. In order to ensure learning with long-term application, the training must provide a strong base of education, and the manual must be applied by the participants on their own after the training and establish different herbs varieties each year;
- Evaluation methodology.
The curricula is designed for adult educators in order to assure a proper implementation and bring added value to O1.
The curricula has great potential to increase the use of learning outcomes, and supports teaching and learning and assessment. This intellectual output will provide learning and teaching methodologies and pedagogical approaches for adult educators, which deliver key competences, while allowing them to play an active role in society and achieve personal fulfillment.
The curricula is an innovative toolkit for adult educators in rural entrepreneurship that can be directly exploited and applied on their target group in practical, concrete level.