The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is now accepting applications for the 2016 Journey Farmer Program. The Journey Farmer Program is a two-year program for beginning farmers who are in the first few years of running their own farming enterprise in Vermont. The deadline to apply for the program is November 30th, 2016.
The Journey Farmer program was developed in 2011 to help farmers successfully bridge the gap from education and apprenticeships to viable commercial enterprises. To reach these goals, the program provides farmer-to-farmer mentoring, free admission into NOFA-VT’s Summer Workshop Series and Winter Conference, business planning support, access to technical assistance, and an educational stipend. Journey Farmers also become part of a supportive network made up of other beginning farmers and farmer mentors by participating in special gatherings, educational offerings and events.
"NOFA-VT has impacted our farm business through supportive programs that allowed us to work with experienced and successful farmer mentors," said Molly Willard from Willow Brook Farm in Peacham, Vermont.
"These mentors have helped us put financial and field management practices in place, leading towards efficiency, economic viability and good agricultural practices."
The program is largely shaped by the farming interests and goals of the Journey Farmers themselves, and enables aspiring new farmers to advance their farming skills and experiences, along with being a part of a learning community of other aspiring farmers and farmer mentors. To date, 34 Journey Farmers have participated in the program. This year, three to five new Journey Farms will be selected to participate.
For more information, and application information, visit www.nofavt.org/beginning-farmer/journey-farmer. Applications and resumes are due by November 30, 2016. Couples and/or business partners should submit one joint application. If you have any questions regarding the program, criteria for selection, or the application please contact Rachel Fussell, Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or call (802) 434-4122.