Humane Farming Mentorship
FACT’s new mentorship program is for beginning livestock and poultry farmers seeking personalized guidance from an experienced farmer on business strategies and animal management practices. It is designed for family farmers who wish to raise their animals on pasture using sustainable, humane methods.
The program requires a one-year commitment and runs from the end of February 2019 to February 2020. The cost to be mentored is $200. Farmers who serve as mentors will be compensated $250, in addition to receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
This program is open to farmers in the continental United States. Applications for 2019 are not yet open.
How does the program work?
Farmers who are interested in participating in the program as either a mentor or mentee should complete a brief online application. FACT staff members will review the submitted applications to determine eligibility.
We will contact farmers who are interested in becoming mentees to discuss their goals for the program. We will also speak with farmers interested in serving as mentors about their experience and expectations. Mentees will then be paired with a possible mentor based on type of animal raised, geographical location, and certification (as applicable). Please note, FACT may not be able to accept or pair all applicants.
Mentors and mentees will first meet over an initial phone screening, during which both parties decide on expectations before committing to the program. At that point, if both parties agree to the match, fees will be collected from the mentee and distributed to the mentor.
The mentoring itself is based on consistent phone and email communication, but farm visits and workshop attendance are highly encouraged. FACT will check in regularly with program participants to provide support.
At the conclusion of the 12-month term, all participants will be asked evaluate their experience in the program.
Why a humane farming mentorship program?
To provide beginning farmers who want to raise their animals humanely with technical guidance, encourage them to successfully use humane practices and pursue humane certification, and foster a sense of community.
FACT’s mentorship program is unique in that it (1) serves farmers across the country; (2) specifically benefits welfare oriented livestock and poultry farmers; and (3) includes farmers seeking one of six certifications, as well as those who are not necessarily pursuing certification (many programs are limited to one certification, often USDA Certified Organic).
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