Mitigating complex problems is increasingly essential to sustaining life on Earth. Empowering current and future generations to address these problems requires rethinking traditional education approaches. This article serves as a primer for land-based learning—defined as a pedagogical approach in which learners collaborate with community members to implement place-based interventions within agricultural systems to increase the sustainability of their community. As an introduction to land-based learning, the article (a) describes critical checkpoints within land-based learning, (b) illuminates the role of Extension educators in facilitating land-based learning, and (c) introduces a case study of land-based learning in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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McKim, A. J., Raven, M. R., Palmer, A., McFarland, A., McFarland, A., & Isleib, J. (2019). Land-Based Learning: A Learning Paradigm for Building Community and Sustainable Farms. The Journal of Extension, 57(5), Article 19. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss5/19