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OL 333

Climate Smart Agriculture

for Family Food,

Nutrition & Income

Discover Specific Farm Challenges & Find Sustainable Solutions

Depleted soils, unreliable access to water, outmoded agricultural practices and a lack of coping strategies for adapting to a changing climate are leading to reduced agricultural productivity, income generation, and food security for smallholder farmers worldwide.

What? An 8 week, self-paced training program. where you will each continue the development of your adaptation to your climate change project. Each one of the assignments will be a concrete step in preparing your project for a donor presentation. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have conducted surveys with the community to better understand the challenges—and will have researched solution-oriented activities to solve them. You will then design and lead a capacity building workshop on those activities for the community members.

Learn by doing. In OL 333 students and their community members will first develop a participatory mapping of crop systems, and soil and water resources, and then consult with an expert in soil, water and agriculture to develop a participatory training process for developing a Climate Smart Agricultural Program specific to their local context.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the continued development of your project by developing donor presentation documents for project funding.
2. The course includes an overview of climate smart agricultural practices complete with downloadable manuals and field guides for each technique.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit and development professionals working in areas such as food security, watershed management, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development, adaptation, or DRR—and who want to develop practitioner-level skills. If you are a grant writer, nonprofit staff member, consultant, project manager—or an executive director—you will develop real skills mastery.

2. This course is just as relevant to a person considering a career transition into the nonprofit world and wanting to develop employable skills.

8 Weeks: Work with farmers to solve climate challenges
Week 1. Surveys and interviews to collect traditional knowledge on agriculture.
Week 2. Participatory mapping of cropping systems, and soil and water resources.
Week 3. Survey of Solution-Oriented Adaptation Techniques.
Week 4. Mulching, contours, soil bunds, trees & hedgerows.
Week 5. Buffering against extended dry spells.
Week 6. Evaluate findings and select appropriate, improved agricultural practices.
Week 7. Workshop planning for appropriate, improved agricultural practices.
Week 8. Facilitate a capacity building workshop at the demonstration plots.

What Participants Say:
Hi Tim, Please find attached Assignment 5 for OL 333.

I really enjoyed this assignment, I thought that the activities made sense—and the training program I have developed is looking great (I even feel like I want to take this training program myself!).

I was actually looking forward to taking this course and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Great course! Anne Desrochers, Barbados.

Work with farmers to solve climate challenges. Take this 8 week course to get farm families growing healthy, nutritious food again!

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 40 years experience in urban agriculture. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, A Solar Greenhouse Guide to Food Production, and is a Co-Founder of Seattle Tilth: An Urban Agricultural Center.  Mr. Magee studied international agriculture at University.

Click on this link to see the Full Course Description and Course Syllabus.


Simply choose whether you wish to audit the course or work with a live teacher—and then click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

Last Step:  If you have chosen to work with a live teacher, your next step is to simply fill out the student information sheet to complete your registration.

Online: Audit this course 100% online. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program have—for 8 weeks.

Teacher Led: Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate: Turn in the 6 assignments and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

What You Will Get:

Job Ready Skills: Learn more about this project-based, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8 PDF In-depth Discussions
8 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to be your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project templates for you to edit and personalize.

Welcome Students!


Welcome to your course dashboard! From this page, you can access all of the course lessons and resources.

Please read the entire section “Download Course Resources and Student Home Page” just below to learn how you can get the most benefit from this course and have a good time too!

If you are a 100% online ($40) student who is auditing the course, please continue at your own pace.

If you are a participant in the live teacher program, please submit your assignments by uploading them at each individual assignment module on a weekly basis as described in the Student Home Page.

Save your completed assignment using the format described in Email and Homework Etiquette. This is important and you must follow the instructions. Then, upload the assignment. I will be notified of your submission.

I will review each one of your assignments, offer suggestions and comments, and send it back to you. Then you can proceed to the next assignment.

Some of the modules below, such as Discussions, are simply informational and you don’t need to submit anything.

However, you still need to mark them as completed at the bottom in order to proceed forward to the next module.

I look forward to working with you!

Tim Magee