Michigan Sustainable Farm Mentors Evaluation Infographic

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
Can five hours change the path to success for a beginning farmer? Yes! Survey results from the first year of the Michigan Sustainable Farm Mentors program show that meeting with an experienced farmer mentor and a peer for just 5 hours over the course of a year improved the triple bottom line for 7 beginning farmers. Just 2 meetings had positive impacts for 6 aspiring farmer mentees. And the mentors were inspired by their conversations with the mentees. This document shares quotes from a survey and charrette. Changes in farmers' Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Awareness of topics related to farm financials, soils/environment and personal/community sustainability were overwhelmingly positive for beginning farmers. The focus for aspiring farmers was on land/credit access and building farm/business skills.
Conference/Presentation Material
Lisa Krause, Farmer
Katie Brandt, Michigan State University
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Ordering info:
Katie Brandt
[email protected]
Michigan State University
This product is associated with the project "Michigan Sustainable Farm Mentors"
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.