Jan 6, 2020
Maine ‘journeyperson’ program seeks new organic growers
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is seeking applications for its Journeyperson Program.
The 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 to years of support, including mentorship with a farmer or farm, technical advice, an educational stipend of $500 per year, access to education and curriculum, discounts to Vermont Composting, Felco, FEDCO and Johnny’s Selected Seeds. It even includes assistance and support for land access and tenure issues through partnerships with the Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Applicants should have a minimum of two years farming experience with one calendar year of experience in Maine, measurable contributions to Maine’s agricultural economy, production goals of feeding their community and 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, you may apply for a scholarship to cover this fee.
For more information, visit www.mofga.org or call us- 207-568-6018.