Apply to be a Mentor
The purpose of the Mentoring program is to support beginning farmers by partnering them with experienced regional farmers who can help them develop practical and planning skills in the areas of production, marketing and business management, and connect them to the regional farming community. By serving as mentors, regional farmers will be able to pass on the skills and knowledge that they possess to new farmers and help to build collaboration and community among the farming community.
Farm Mentors and students will commit to either 15 or 30 hours of a mix of on farm, phone, and email time specific to the needs of the participating parties. You may be matched with a beginning farmer with similar interests in enterprises and business models. We ask students not to “copy or steal” ideas, but in the spirit of cooperation, you will be sharing your business information and expertise with another farmer. If this a strong concern for you, then mentorship is likely not a fit at this time.
OGS is offering mentor services on a rolling basis throughout the year. Each year we have different mentorship needs, so keep in mind that being accepted into the Farm Mentorship program does not necessarily mean you will be placed with a mentee this year; placement will be based on students learning desires and the amount of mentors we need per year. We will, of course, keep your application for reference for future years. Once an enterprise or specific skill area that students want to develop is identified, OGS staff will help the student select which farm or farmers will be the best match to fulfill their learning objectives. You do receive an honorarium of $500 or $1000. (A separate agreement will be filled out once you are accepted as a mentor).
Please note that this application requires contact information two references that can speak to your expertise and teaching experience.
Once you fill out this application, we will let you know within a reasonable time if you are accepted, based on qualification of relevant farming experience. Once you are accepted, you will need to fill out a Mentor agreement and attend an orientation. If you are an existing Mentor, you are just updating this information for us.