About the Journey Person Program
The Journey person program strives to support land stewards in the education gap between apprentice and independent business owner and to provide resources and opportunities for prospective new farmers/land care professionals who have completed an apprenticeship to further develop skills they need to operate independently. The program is shaped by the interests and goals of individual participants. New land stewards are able to gain advanced experience, skills and perspective in a supportive environment while also becoming part of a sustainable professional network.
Each Journey person, once selected, is matched with a mentor. These arrangements are flexible and are shaped collaboratively by the journey person and the mentor. Some mentors also offer access to land, equipment, and support so a journey person can operate independently.
Additional resources/requirements for journey people include:
- attendance at an Organic Land Care accreditation course (full scholarship included)
- educational/capital stipends up to $2,000
- attendance at 2 NOFA Winter Conferences – CT and one other (full scholarship included)
- if applicable, organic certification assistance (4 hours of consulting with a USDA inspector)
- completing a full business plan
- attending regular mentor meetings
- check-ins with CT NOFA staff about progress
Previous Journey People from 2012-2016:
2015-2016 Journey people: