Curriculum & Schedule
Applications due by November 15th, 2020, application decisions made by December 1st, 2020.
Fees: $3000 for up to 2 farm partners, scholarships available.
|Timeline||Year One (2020-2021)||Year Two (2021-2022)|
|November||Applications due (November 15th, 2020)||
|December||Acceptance / Denial (December 1st, 2020)||
|December||Virtual (or In-Person) Cohort Meet-up (December 9th)||Farmer Retreat 2-day|
Farmer Retreat (2 days)
Mentor Match (January 15th)
|Farmer Retreat (2 days)|
|February||Farmer Retreat (2 days)||Final Technical Assistance|
|February (Year 1) – March (Year 2)||
Mentoring, CRAFT participation, every-other-month virtual cohort meetings, quarterly reporting to Journeyperson Coordinator.
Connecting with technical assistance/ providers.
Components of the Program:
- Components spread out over 15-months (December 2020 – March 2022)
- 4 Weekend Retreats: January & February 2021, 2022 (2 day retreats/ webinar trainings)
- Holistic Financial Planning
- Farm Communication
- Advanced Enterprise Development
Other topics may be selected based on cohort interests.
Benefits of Program:
- Work with an Experienced Farmer Mentor one-on-one
- CRAFT Farmer Network Membership
- Identify & connect with Regional resource providers (lenders, small business centers)
- Every-other-month virtual cohort meetings
Weekend Retreat 1
Weekend Retreat 2
Weekend Retreat 3
Weekend Retreat 4
April–October—CRAFT Farm Tours
Participants can attend 10 farm tours hosted by CRAFT farm members. Topics change each year and cover practices like cover crops, vegetable production, livestock, marketing, production planning, and more.
For questions, please contact our Director of Programs & Human Resources, Nicole DelCogliano, at firstname.lastname@example.org
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: CLIF bar Family Foundation, Southern Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education UNFI Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, Walnut Cove, New Visions, and USDA Rural Development. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Buchi, Living Web Farms, Gaia Herbs and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and BPR. .