Our 2019 Leadership Challenge is now closed to applications.
The Leadership Challenge is a one year challenge to improve your leadership and speaking, grow your network and build your soil.
The Soil Network is a soil-focused, farmer-to-farmer, social and educational network with a shared goal of improving Ontario’s Soils. The Leadership Challenge is a one year challenge to improve your leadership and speaking skills, grow your network and build your soil.
Being part of the Ontario Soil Network means peer support to those “early adopters” that innovate with wild ideas in their back fields; building the confidence to bring them to the road-side. This network emboldens the innovative individual and gives them a shared experience to support their efforts in reaching the majority, who are motivated the most by peers. By linking and supporting these individuals across the province under a common objective, they’re able to bring the resources of the whole organization back to their community networks in the individualized ways that are needed. The soil network supports the right people to be thought leaders within their communities because they will be the positive force that popularizes soil health in Ontario.
In the Leadership Challenge, our network mentors receive leadership and presentation skills training to host events, participate in advertisement campaigns, present at large agricultural events, participate in research and much more! In our pilot year, within 10 months, the Soil Network completed 80 speaking engagements reaching 6000 farmers & 2000 industry reps, 40 on-farm events reaching 700 farmers & 100 industry reps, 600 one-on-one conversations with farmers, 200 one-on-one conversations with industry reps, 1200 hours spent on research, 5000 hours spent on outreach.
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with 39 other soil health leaders in Ontario and be supported by our knowledge networks to participate in soil health studies, farmer panels and other speaking opportunities, the Let’s Talk Soil ad campaign as well as other media outlet engagements, demonstration plots and other interesting and unique opportunities
Get to know everyone in the network & your regional team Build your confidence in a leadership skills workshop.
Cost: $75 -meals and accommodation included
Until planting season begins, work with your regional coordinator to prepare for your first presentation and plan for all your year’s soil health & outreach goals.
Launch the Let’s Talk Soil season with a crop tour and presentation creation and delivery workshop
Spend a day getting your farm operation highlighted for the Real Soil Stewards ad campaign & online crop tour
Prepare and host a field day with the support of your regional coordinator
As a soil health mentor, you will receive a $1500 mentoring budget to help make the most of your time in the program.
The Soil Network is what you make of it, so if you’re keen, apply and make great strides in improving soil health for you, your fellow mentors, and your community!
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