Are you a beginning farmer looking for a mentor? Are you a seasoned farmer interested in mentoring others?
The NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer Mentoring Program pairs seasoned growers with people who have some farming experience but aren’t yet running their own farms. It is a 12-month commitment between mentor and mentee, supported by NOFA/Mass. The NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer Mentoring Program aims to help fill the education gap between apprentice and independent farmer. By pairing mentees with experienced growers who are not their employers, the program enables aspiring farmers to gain farming experiences, skills, and perspectives that they otherwise wouldn’t get in their day-to-day work. Note that mentors are paid an honorarium of $200 for their time, and mentees receive $100 worth of educational vouchers to use at NOFA/Mass events.
The application deadline for both mentors and mentees is March 1, 2013. To download an application or for more information, go to the Beginning Farmer Mentoring Program webpage. If you have any other questions, please contact Suzy Konecky, the Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator at:firstname.lastname@example.org.