Organizing 101: Food & Farm Advocacy

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
(SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum and Handbook

Published 2007
Updated 2010


Organizing 101: Food & Farm Advocacy

Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Understand the purpose, types, and functions of various forms of organizing and activism.
  • Examine usefulness and role of goals, strategies and tactics in organizing & activism.


  • Create clear solid platform from which to present convincing message.
  • Impacting targeted audiences to produce change or improvements.
  • Influence public perception and attitude.
  • Empowering people to enrich and impact their farm community.
  • Foster teamwork, collaborative projects and create social well-being.


  • Overview of approaches to include; media, political campaigning, protest (demonstration, direct action, theater, music), strike/boycott, civil disobedience, lobbying, modeling and propaganda.


  • Greater understanding of the disconnect between producer & consumer.
  • Challenging accessibility misconceptions.
  • Changing regulations to accommodate scale.
  • Understanding the true cost of food.
  • Understanding subsidies.
  • Understanding the role of consumers.
  • Revive community-based food production.
  • Local and seasonal food verses convenience consumerism.
  • Provide understanding of the importance of a local economy.


  • Why are the various types of organizing & activism important and how do they serve the movement?
  • What are the benefits of organizing & activism?

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