Farmers Teaching Farmers for Stronger
Local Food Systems
Mentor a beginning farmer today!
If you are an experienced farmer or rancher, who likes to discuss, teach and encourage your trade, this program offers a financial incentive, scholarships to regional sustainable agriculture conferences, and the satisfaction of mentoring a beginning farmer or rancher.
FARRMS will build a network of peer support and mentorship by recruiting experienced sustainable farmers and ranchers to mentor beginning farmers and ranchers through farmer socials, educational workshops, and farm tours. We will provide incentives (training opportunities, conference scholarships, stipends, and travel reimbursement) to encourage experienced farmers and ranchers to engage in mentoring activities.
Mentoring activities will be focused around natural resource conservation principles and practices and farm business management. Mentoring activities will include presenting at workshops and classes, hosting farm tours and demonstrating conservation practices on farms and ranches, and one-on-one mentoring with beginning farmers/ranchers. FARRMS will host farmer socials in restaurants and pubs around the state.
Mentors will also have the support and expertise of resource professionals and subject matter experts from Dakota College at Bottineau’s Horticulture program, NRCS, and NDSU Extension will be brought in to present at workshops and classes. These resource professionals will present in conjunction with experienced farmers. There will be plenty of opportunities for feedback and suggestions, as FARRMS’ Executive Director will monitor and evaluate progress through annual farmer surveys and interviews
Connect: new and beginning farmers with experienced mentor farmers.
Teach: natural conservation principles, agricultural practices and farm business management.
Stipends for time spent presenting to workshops and classes
Mileage and reimbursement of travel expenses
Scholarships and partial travel costs to attend regional sustainable agriculture conferences (especially the popular MOSES conference)
Professional development and leadership training
"I plan on staying in close contact with the agriculture community and working to try and improve the food system and access to clean, healthy food. I enjoy agricultural work because of the instant satisfaction it can supply in many tasks and look forward to continue growing both literally and figuratively."
FARRMS Intern, 2019
"Food is what unites us as human beings. This is a lens into how it is produced and enables you to learn skills and characteristics about yourself that you never knew existed."
FARRMS Intern, 2019