EASY GAP stands for Enhancing Agricultural Safety Year-round Good Agricultural Practices. Easy gap aims to enhance food safety practices of farmers through learning materials, and examples of well documented farms. They were struggling to connect with the farmers, and participation in their program was low. Carly, Kelly, and I thought that we might be able to help. Using the information they provided for us combined with extensive research into multiple intelligences we developed a tool to help increase farmer participation. As a group we realized there was an underlying disconnect between the farmers and the Easy Gap program. Through our research we found interviews with local farmers, supplemented by videos of how they processed food. We found farmers are team workers, sociable, and very committed to growing and producing the best crop they could.
With a suspicion of what might be causing the lack of cohesion between these two groups we researched multiple intelligences. Multiple intelligences is the concept that people have different types of inherent intelligences. Farmers tend to have a naturalistic intelligence. People with naturalistic intelligence have an innate understanding of soils, plants, and animals. They tend to be kinesthetic learners who work well in groups, as well as with tangible objects. Using farmers innate understanding of the land, we decided to create a tactile map. The inspiration came from wartime when generals would sit with their tactical maps and move forces around the board to have a better understanding of how to move next. Below is a video of our tool in action. In this scenario a farmer had to do a food recall, but doesn't know where the contamination originated. Using his documentation and the tactile map his aim is to find the source of contamination.
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 EASY GAP stands for Enhancing Agricultural Safety Year-round Good Agricultural Practices. Easy gap aims to enhance food safety practices of farmers through learning materials, and examples of well documented farms. They were struggling to connect with the farmers, and participation in their program was low. Carly, Kelly, and I thought that we might be able to help. Using the information they provided for us combined with extensive research into multiple intelligences we developed a tool to help increase farmer participation. As a group we realized there was an underlying disconnect between the farmers and the Easy Gap program. Through our research we found interviews with local farmers, supplemented by videos of how they processed food. We found farmers are team workers, sociable, and very committed to growing and producing the best crop they could.
With a suspicion of what might be causing the lack of cohesion between these two groups we researched multiple intelligences. Multiple intelligences is the concept that people have different types of inherent intelligences. Farmers tend to have a naturalistic intelligence. People with naturalistic intelligence have an innate understanding of soils, plants, and animals. They tend to be kinesthetic learners who work well in groups, as well as with tangible objects. Using farmers innate understanding of the land, we decided to create a tactile map. The inspiration came from wartime when generals would sit with their tactical maps and move forces around the board to have a better understanding of how to move next. Below is a video of our tool in action. In this scenario a farmer had to do a food recall, but doesn't know where the contamination originated. Using his documentation and the tactile map his aim is to find the source of contamination.
 EASY GAP stands for Enhancing Agricultural Safety Year-round Good Agricultural Practices. Easy gap aims to enhance food safety practices of farmers through learning materials, and examples of well documented farms. They were struggling to connect with the farmers, and participation in their program was low. Carly, Kelly, and I thought that we might be able to help. Using the information they provided for us combined with extensive research into multiple intelligences we developed a tool to help increase farmer participation. As a group we realized there was an underlying disconnect between the farmers and the Easy Gap program. Through our research we found interviews with local farmers, supplemented by videos of how they processed food. We found farmers are team workers, sociable, and very committed to growing and producing the best crop they could.
With a suspicion of what might be causing the lack of cohesion between these two groups we researched multiple intelligences. Multiple intelligences is the concept that people have different types of inherent intelligences. Farmers tend to have a naturalistic intelligence. People with naturalistic intelligence have an innate understanding of soils, plants, and animals. They tend to be kinesthetic learners who work well in groups, as well as with tangible objects. Using farmers innate understanding of the land, we decided to create a tactile map. The inspiration came from wartime when generals would sit with their tactical maps and move forces around the board to have a better understanding of how to move next. Below is a video of our tool in action. In this scenario a farmer had to do a food recall, but doesn't know where the contamination originated. Using his documentation and the tactile map his aim is to find the source of contamination.
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 EASY GAP stands for Enhancing Agricultural Safety Year-round Good Agricultural Practices. Easy gap aims to enhance food safety practices of farmers through learning materials, and examples of well documented farms. They were struggling to connect with the farmers, and participation in their program was low. Carly, Kelly, and I thought that we might be able to help. Using the information they provided for us combined with extensive research into multiple intelligences we developed a tool to help increase farmer participation. As a group we realized there was an underlying disconnect between the farmers and the Easy Gap program. Through our research we found interviews with local farmers, supplemented by videos of how they processed food. We found farmers are team workers, sociable, and very committed to growing and producing the best crop they could.
With a suspicion of what might be causing the lack of cohesion between these two groups we researched multiple intelligences. Multiple intelligences is the concept that people have different types of inherent intelligences. Farmers tend to have a naturalistic intelligence. People with naturalistic intelligence have an innate understanding of soils, plants, and animals. They tend to be kinesthetic learners who work well in groups, as well as with tangible objects. Using farmers innate understanding of the land, we decided to create a tactile map. The inspiration came from wartime when generals would sit with their tactical maps and move forces around the board to have a better understanding of how to move next. Below is a video of our tool in action. In this scenario a farmer had to do a food recall, but doesn't know where the contamination originated. Using his documentation and the tactile map his aim is to find the source of contamination.