NOFA-NY Announces Two Farmer-to Farmer Mentorship Programs

7/5/2012

        The NOFA-NY Mentorship Program will assist (as a free benefit of NOFA-NY membership) beginning or transitioning-to-organic farmers in finding a farmer mentor who will help them develop their career and farming practices.  Drawing from a network of farmers who are eager to share lessons learned during their many years of farm experience, new farmers ("mentees") will be able to find the right match for their needs.  Farmers have the freedom to shape the mentorship as it fits their needs and communication styles.  NOFA-NY supports participating mentors and new farmers throughout their year of mentorship (which can be extended indefinitely after the first year), providing logistical support and information about best practices for a functional and fulfilling mentor-mentee relationship.

        Through an exciting partnership with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, new and experienced farmers can also engage in short-term technically-focused relationships as part of the Technical Consultancy Program. With the Technical Consultancy Program, beginning farmers will have access to a roster of experienced farmers, listed by areas of expertise, and can contact those farmers for short-term assistance.  The Technical Consultants will be compensated on an hourly basis for their work with the beginning farmer participants.  Find out more and get involved today at www.nofany.org/mentorship and www.nofany.org/technicalconsultancy.  

        These programs are supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510 and #2011-49400-30307.

        NOFA NY, Inc. is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and educational opportunities, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA NY brings consumers and farmers closer together to make high quality food available to all people.

        Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stone Barns operates an 80-acre four-season farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system.  Through its Growing Farmers Initiative, children's education programs and diverse public awareness programs, Stone Barns Center aims to improve the way America eats and farms.  Learn more at www.stonebarnscenter.org.