FAQs & How to Apply

 

How to Apply

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Journeyperson Program

Application deadline: September 15th, 2020

 
 
 
 
 

FAQs

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.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort! Apply here.

What is the total time commitment for the program?

The bulk of the time commitment will be the 2 yearly cohort retreats. Two full days of 6 to 8 hours each.

The mentorship with an experienced Farmer Mentor is 15 hours, March–September.

 

 

What are the contigency plans due to Covid 19?

We hope to have the classes in person at this time, but are developing plans to make the curriculum online. Please email nicole@organicgrowersschool.org for the most updated information. We prefer to host the classes in person and develop an in person cohort, but also want to be as safe and smart as possible.

 

Who should apply?

Eligible applicants must have:

  • A minimum of three years independently farming 
  • A demonstrated commitment to farming in NC
  • Production goals of feeding their community and region
  • A demonstrated commitment to sustainable practices

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 are the requirements for admission?

Eligible applicants have:

  • A minimum of three years independently farming 
  • A demonstrated commitment to farming in NC
  • 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 has the time 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 Worksheet or visit The Farming Journey page 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 $3,000 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 applicants and a partner (business partner, family member, life partner). 

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.

Specific scholarships are available if you live in Jackson, Swain, Haywood, Graham, Cherokee, Clay and Macon counties due to our partnership with Empowering Mountain Food Systems.

If accepted in Journeyperson, the course fee is due either in full or as a down payment by October 1st to secure your spot in the course. Payments can be made online via credit card or via check. Checks must be RECEIVED by October 1st.  We will provide further instructions for making payment following acceptance in the program.

How do I apply?

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort

You can apply using the online application by clicking on the button above or print the following documents. If printing, be sure to complete and submit the full application and the “Growing the Next Generation” worksheet. The scholarship application that is included with the full application is optional.

PDF Format

 

DOCX Format

 

Mail completed application to:
Journeyperson c/o Organic Growers School
PO Box 17804
Asheville, NC 28816

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)
    • Copies of 2018 and 2019 tax returns, if applying for a scholarship
  • Growing the Next Generation Worksheet (included in online application) (DOCX and PDF versions)

 

Be sure to review all application requirements before submitting:

  • Application must be received by September 15th, 2020. Please account for mailing time.
  • Please review the checklist below to 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.
 

If submitting a printed application by mail, please send to:
Journeyperson c/o Organic Growers School
PO Box 17804
Asheville, NC 28816

For questions, please contact our Director of Programming, Nicole Delcogliano, at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

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Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2020!

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, Biltmore Company, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and BPR. .