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Beginning Farmer Programs

The Journeyperson Program:  Is based on The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s successful journeyperson program.  The program offers accepted newly independent farmers mentor-matching, technical assistance, business planning, support and networking.  The program is designed to fill the education gap between being an apprentice and an independent farmer.  The program provides the resources and opportunities for new farmers to develop their skills already established in farm-training programs and/or apprenticeships.  The program is meant to be shaped by the interests and goals of each participant.  

We are still accepting applications for the 2015-2017 JourneyPerson Program - Apply by April 13th. Apply HERE

The 2014-2016 Journeypeople are:

Ben Harris
Root Down Farm, Coventry

Josiah Venter (right)
Gentle Giant Farm, Bethany

Roger & Isabelle Phillips
 Sub Edge Farm, Farmington


Current/Past Participantsmax and kerry

2013-2015 Journeypeople 2012-2014 Journeypeople

The Apprentice and Intern Program:

The CT NOFA Farm Apprenticeship Program connects experienced farmers with individuals interested in learning how to start and run a farm.  The program provides needed enrichment and support while letting the apprentice and experienced farmer select and manage their experience.  Aspiring farmers can start their farm-based learning with one of the exciting apprenticeship opportunities that our host farms have to offer. Experienced farmers who want to teach eager learners to farm while gaining motivated individuals for farm work have the chance to do that through advertising their apprenticeship opportunity on our database.  To learn more about signing up,visit the CT NOFA apprentice site.

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Beginning Farmer Resources

Connecticut Farm Resources New England Resources  National Resources

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. 

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phone: (203) 308-2584 • fax: (203) 308-2586