Educators or Facilitators? Clarifying Extension's Role in the Emerging Local Food Systems Movement
With the recent growth of the local food systems movement, OSU Extension formed a new statewide team. In the process, Extension program delivery systems were explored contrasting traditional program delivery (historically rooted in a teacher-clientele, information transfer, demonstration methodology) vs. a community capacity-building facilitation process. This seemingly marginal distinction raised questions with deeper implications for Extension's outreach and engagement process. In brief, how can Extension fill the gap between community-expressed needs and the traditional framework of delivery? Should Extension help communities fulfill their goals and objectives by acting as facilitators, co-conveners, and true partners, rather than simply as educators?
Raison, B. (2010). Educators or Facilitators? Clarifying Extension's Role in the Emerging Local Food Systems Movement. The Journal of Extension, 48(3), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss3/8