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An Introduction

What Will Be in the Fields Tomorrow? is an informal script intended for public group reading that brings people together in a common experience. Fields is conversations among farmers that translate the power of their voices and experiences. Fields is entertaining and educational, and at its best, this group reading experience can provide a starting point for continuing the conversation through facilitated dialogue and community programs.

Fields is a series of vignettes structured as inter-related conversations and statements among 10 - 13 individuals. The script can be used as a whole or excerpted to focus on issues or address time. The full length script is approximately 60 minutes; an abridged version is 38 minutes.

A group reading can be done around a large table with participants reading to one-another with no practice, or, with scripts-in-hand, presented from a stage to an audience with few props and limited technical support.

These resources will help you use the script and do readers' theatre with your constituency and in your community.

Using the curriculum can also be an effective follow-up activity. The six-lesson design allows the facilitator to choose one or multiple topics to to explore further and continue the dialogue. Each lesson includes a facilitator packet, a learner's packet, and PowerPoint slides. Topics span from a basic introduction to food, farming, and community to strategies for supporting sustainable food systems.

Annotated book and film lists identify resources that you can use to develop continuing activities in your community.

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"I have chosen small-scale agriculture because it is something I can do myself. I can make the decisions, I can be in control, I can manage the system myself. I really like growing food and products I can use directly as opposed to commodity crops which are a little more removed. I like the directness of it and the small scale."

Janette Ryan Bush, Iowa City, Iowa - Johnson County from Voices of Iowa Farm Women, 2004 by Cynthia Vagnetti