Connecting New Farmers with Mentors (Mentorship Curriculum)

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2021: $39,999.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Michigan State University
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:
Katie Brandt
Michigan State University
Connecting New Farmers with Mentors is a 35-page draft guide for mentorship organizers to plan mentoring projects, to train and collaborate with mentors and mentees, to connect mentorship pairs and to get input from participants on success stories and how to improve the program. for mentorship organizers. It includes meeting agendas for planning a mentorship, activities and links for mentor trainings, resources for assisting mentees and best practices for keeping mentorship pairs engaged.

This curriculum was informed by the SARE Michigan Sustainable Farm Mentors project, but is part of a larger curriculum. The Michigan Beginning Farmer Educator Curriculum project is funded by a USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant titled “Elevating the Quality of Beginning Farmer Training in Michigan.” This project brings together educators and topic specialists to create interactive activities for beginning farmers about mentorship and farmer networks, as well as soil health, financials, land access, urban farm policy, food safety, IPM/pollinators, marketing and curricula for black farmers.
Course or Curriculum
Katie Brandt, MSU Organic Farmer Training Program
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.