Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pesticide and Farmworker Health Toolkit Train the Trainer Workshop

Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit Train-the-Trainer Workshops
Sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
3 hours of Continuing Education Credits in categories D, I, L, N, O, X
DATE: March 7, 2012
Location: Mountain Horticulture Crop Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive, Mills River NC, 28759
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Growers, landscapers, bilingual supervisors, dealers, and extension agents with pesticide responsibilities.
Registration Required. To register, contact the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office at (828) 697-4891 or ivy_olson@ncsu.edu . Attendance will be capped at 30 people so register early.
Train-the Trainer Workshop Agenda
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am Introduction and Demonstration of Toolkit Training
11:20 am Video of Hands-On Activities and Tips for Training Farmworkers
12:00 Lunch (Sponsored by County Farm Bureaus)
1:00 pm Small Group Practice Using Toolkit
1:50 pm Discussion of Lessons Learned and Evaluation
2:00 pm Adjourn
Continuing Education Description
Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit, developed by NC State University Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Extension, is a pesticide education resource for EPA-approved WPS training of Spanish-speaking farmworkers. Toolkits are available for 11 hand labor-intensive North Carolina crops, including apples, bell peppers, blueberries, Christmas trees, cucumbers, grapes, landscape/turf, strawberries, sweetpotatoes, tobacco, and tomatoes.
In this train-the-trainer workshop, instructors provide an overview of the Toolkit materials and the development process that involved both trainers and farmworkers. They demonstrate training techniques using the Toolkit flipchart and handouts and engage participants in the Toolkits’ hands-on activities. Trainees work in small groups to practice delivering the Toolkit training. In addition, local bilingual resources for collaboration are discussed. Crops that are relevant to the audience are selected for demonstration and small group exercises.
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to identify the most significant pesticide hazards in farmworkers’ working environments; recognize the signs and symptoms of pesticide illness and injury; use all of the Toolkit features, including the flipchart, handout, jug-labeling and symptom charade activities, and evaluation tools; and deliver a Toolkit training that engages farmworkers in discussion.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.