Chesapeake Bay Project
From The Ground Up
farming, change is a constant: seasons change in a regular, if somewhat,
disconcerting pattern; weather changes sometimes several times in
the same day; crops grow through stages, as do the insects and pests
that live on them. Added, in recent years, to the familiar changes
in the natural world, have been the press of external forces –
global markets, international trade agreements, environmental impacts,
and regulatory actions – that have dramatically altered the
larger environment in which farmers must raise their crops. These
external forces exert a profound effect on farmers and their operations
to which they must respond rapidly and on a broad scale. Now, more
than ever, agriculture needs to embrace and adopt change as a strategy
For those interested
in the future of agriculture and its place in the environment, the
question is not whether changes are necessary but how changes can
be made most effectively, comprehensively, and expeditiously. The
Center for Agricultural Partnerships' blueprint, Working
from the Ground Up, was created as an answer to the
question of how to most effectively organize and support change
in agriculture. It is intended as a guide for those who would design
and operate programs to help farmers implement new practices –
policy-makers, program managers, funders, and agricultural leaders.
The purpose of the blueprint is to describe and generate interest
in the use of a systematic process for creating and supporting change
Starting in 2007, CAP has worked with the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, using the blueprint methodology to identify and organize collaborative projects in important Bay watersheds. To see a description of these projects, click here.
In 2005, CAP
put the blueprint to work in identifying and organizing five field
implementation projects to reduce pesticide risks in a wide variety
of settings across the country. To see a description of those efforts,
CLICK HERE for a copy of Working from the Ground Up (PDF - 992K).
are supported through a cooperative agreement with the EPA's Office
of Pesticide Programs.