FAQs & How to Apply
What can I expect during the application process?
Applications will be reviewed by the OGS Farmer Programs team and accepted on the basis of applicant experience, farmer and farm readiness, and your stage in The Farming Journey. Each applicant may be asked to do an informal interview—either in person or by phone—to discuss the program and determine if Journeyperson is a good match for the potential participant’s needs.
Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort open June 15th.
What is the total time commitment for the program?
The program runs for one year, from November 2021 to October 2022.
Webinars in January and February will be 2 to 4 hours each. The mentorship with an experienced mentor is 15 hours, and starts once you are matched.
What are the contingency plans due to COVID-19?
The program will be a blend of in-person and vitual connection. OGS will follow all current COVID-19 protocols at in-person events.
Who should apply?
Eligible applicants have:
- A minimum of three years independently farming
- A demonstrated commitment to farming in the Southern Appalachian region
- Production goals of feeding their community and region
- A demonstrated commitment to sustainable practices
Although not required, The Journeyperson Program is best suited for applicants that have the following:
- Secure medium to long-term land tenure (such as owned land or a lease contract)
- A focus on livestock and/or crop production for direct-to-consumer and/or wholesale markets
- An established farm business that needs support to refine their vision, apply whole-farm planning practices and willingness to fully utilize the resources of the program.
Not you? Don’t fret! We have programs applicable to all stages of farming education.
Complete the Growing the Next Generation of Farmers Worksheet to determine
the best place for you to plug into our training programs.
What is the course fee and are there payment options?
The course fee of $1,500 applies to a farm unit (1–2 individuals who are business partners, family members or life partners). The program allows two partners who apply and are accepted together to benefit from the dual enrollment. If you are applying with a farm partner, they must also fill out the entire application. Space is limited to 10 farm applicants.
If you are unable to pay the full course fee, do not be deterred! Scholarships and payment plans are available and we encourage you to apply. Both farm partners must apply if they are requesting a scholarship. Learn more on our Tuition & Scholarships page.
If accepted, the full course fee OR a down payment must be paid by October 1st to secure your spot in the course. Payments can be made via credit card or check. We will provide further instructions for making payment following acceptance in the program.
How do I apply?
What should my completed application contain?
Application Check List (only complete applications will be reviewed):
- JP Primary Application
- 2 references (2 professional)
- JP Partner Application (optional)
- 2 references (2 professional) for partner if applying
- Scholarship Application (optional)
- Growing the Next Generation Worksheet (included in online application)
Be sure to review all application requirements before submitting:
- Application must be received by September 18, 2021.
- Be sure all required parts are submitted at once. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
- You will be notified regarding course acceptance or denial via email once we have reviewed your applications, no later than October 1st.
- We may contact you by phone for any follow-up questions regarding your application.
- Scholarship awards will be sent via email.
- Correspondence will be sent to both applicants only.
For questions, please contact our Director of Programs & Human Resources, Nicole DelCogliano, at email@example.com
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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. .