MOFGA seeks applications for Journeyperson Program

Jan 16, 2020

MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program provides hands-on support, training, and mentorship for people who are serious about pursuing careers in sustainable farming in Maine. The program is designed for farmers in their first three to five years to further develop the skills they need to farm independently and successfully.

Participants in the program are awarded 2-years of support, including:

-Mentorship with a farmer or farm that will assist Journeypersons in farm establishment

-Free access to MOFGA resources, including technical advice from Agricultural Services staff, free admission to MOFGA-sponsored educational events 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, and computer programs that are educational in nature

-Access to MOFGA Farm Beginnings whole-farm and business-planning curriculum

-Discounts to Vermont Composting, Felco, FEDCO and Johnny’s Selected Seeds Assistance and support for land access and tenure issues through Maine Farmland Trust and the Land For Good Program.

MOFGA seeks applications from farmers that meet the following criteria:

-A minimum of two years farming experience with one year of experience in Maine Measurable contributions to Maine’s agricultural economy

-Production goals of feeding their region

-A demonstrated commitment to sustainable practices including but not limited to organic production Secure medium to long-term land tenure (MOFGA can assist in this process)

There is a $200 participation fee for the Journeyperson program. At the time of acceptance, qualified participants may apply for a scholarship to cover the fee.

For more information visit mofga.org or call 568-6018.

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