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The CT NOFA Mentorship Program
Sign up at any time for inclusion in the next round of the Mentorship Matching Program!
What is the Mentorship Matching Program?
The Mentorship Matching Program, is separate from the Journeyperson Program, which also has a mentorship component. It is geared toward supporting beginning farmers in farm start-up, ownership, leadership, management or organic certification, and also supports the mentors who train them.
The process is designed so beginning farmers can learn about and connect with experienced farmers who want to pass along knowledge and lead a new farmer through their beginning journey. CT NOFA will suggest a potential match, but you control whom you speak with and whom you ultimately pair up with. Mentorship arrangements are as casual or as formal as both partners would like.
Mentors will have the chance to offer their guidance and share their experiences with new farmers, CT NOFA offers those who volunteer as mentors a favorable benefit package. If matched, mentors will receive:
• Complimentary Individual CT NOFA membership for new members, and/or $50 credit each year you are a mentor towards the renewal or your current membership.
•A copy of NESFI’s The On-Farm Mentor’s Guide – Practical Approaches to Teaching on the Farm
•Two NOFA manuals of your choosing
•Certificate indicating your business is a part of the beginning farmer educational program
•Spotlight on your business on the CT NOFA blog
•3 Social Media promotional posts a year
The matching deadlines are December 15, 2013 for January Matching and April 15, 2014 for May Matching. CT NOFA’s Beginning Farmer Program is supported by an agreement with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) under 2011-00974 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture.
If you have questions, please contact the Beginning Farmer Coordinator, Stephanie Berluti (Stephanie(at)ctnofa(dot)org)
You can register for the program with this online application: