Based on The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s successful journeyperson program, this program offers accepted, newly independent farmers mentor-matching, technical assistance, business planning, support, and networking. Designed to fill the education gap between being an apprentice and an independent farmer, this program provides the resources and opportunities for new farmers to develop their skills already established in farm-training programs and/or apprenticeships. This program is individualized and meant to be shaped by the interests and goals of each participant.
The last program ran from 2014-2016 and the Journey people were:
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 should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently seeking funding for new apprenticeships.
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.
CT NOFA: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut