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 Get started in small-scale organic farming through MOFGA’s
Journeyperson Farm Training Program

MENTORSHIP 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

BUSINESS PLANNING

HELP GETTING ESTABLISHED

   
MOFGA's Journeyperson Program provides hands-on support, training, and mentorship for people who are serious about pursuing careers in organic farming in Maine. 

The program is designed to fill the continuing education gap between apprentice and independent farmer, and to provide the resources and opportunities for prospective new farmers who have completed an apprenticeship to further develop the skills they need to farm independently and successfully. The program is largely shaped by the farming interests and goals of individual participants, and is intended to enable aspiring new farmers to gain advanced farming experience, skill, and perspective in a relatively safe and supportive environment, buffered somewhat from the high risk of establishing a farm enterprise. Journeypeople also benefit from participating in a supportive network of like-minded, motivated people.

Meet MOFGA's Current Journeypersons

 

Components of the Program

MOFGA offers participants in the JP Program a 2-year package of support, including:

  • Mentorship. As a MOFGA Journeyperson you will choose a mentor, who will be paid by MOFGA for their role as your mentor.
  • Free access to MOFGA resources. This includes technical advice from our Agricultural Services staff, business planning help, free admission to MOFGA-sponsored events, workshops, and conferences, access to MOFGA's farmer network, and farm visits from MOFGA staff and advisors.
  • An educational stipend of $500 per year, which can be spent on classes, workshops, or conferences related to farming, or books, videos, computer programs, etc that are educational in nature.
  • Access to the Farm Beginnings whole-farm and business-planning curriculum
  • Discount with FEDCO & Organic Growers Supply
  • Discount with Johnny's Selected Seeds
  • Access to the Shared Use Farm Equipment pool
  • Assistance and support for land access and tenure issues through partnerships with Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good
  • Access to the MOFGA Organic Farmers' Loan Fund

Expectations: MOFGA expects all people who go through the Journeyperson program to enter into an agreement with us describing their goals and objectives for the program; to complete full farm plans; and to participate in an a la carte curriculum that includes mentor meetings and workshop attendance.

Qualifications: Prospective journeypersons should be able to demonstrate at least 1 year of farming experience; basic competence in a range of skills; a solid commitment; and reasonably clear and realistic plans for their future farming activities. Anyone considering applying for the program should feel free to get in touch with any of MOFGA's current JPs.

APPLYING

MOFGA reviews off-site Journeyperson applications twice a year, in Mid-September and late January. We notify successful applicants by Mid-October or early March. Every 2 years we recruit for our Farmer-in-Residence position, with an application deadline in the fall. The next FIR cycle will begin with a fall 2015 application deadline, to start spring 2016. 

To Apply:

Download a Program Application(doc format)
Complete and return via email to
education@mofga.org

Application Deadlines
Off-Site JPs: September 15, 2014 (for "early admission" candidates) and January 15, 2015

Farmer-in-Residence Program: October 15, 2015.

For more information, contact Abby Sadauckas, New Farmer Programs Coordinator, or call 207-568-4142

Journeyperson Program graduate, Cate Stoner shows MOFGA's Organic Crop Specialist, Eric Sideman around on a recent farm visit.
 

 


    

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