Farming in itself involves plenty of commitments. Choosing to take some of this precious time to invest in the future of organic agriculture (our future farmers!) by passing on knowledge and skills is a significant and deeply valued additional undertaking. If you are currently offering apprenticeship or mentorship opportunities, or are considering how you could integrate this for your overall farm plan, see below for a developing list of helpful resources for establishing and improving your approaches to farm-based education. If you have any tips on additional resources to add, just let us know!
Beginner Farmer Guides
“So You Want to Start a CSA?” Guide – Ontario CSA Farm Directory
Developing Farm-Based Education and Mentorship
NOFA-NY Beginner Farmer Competency Tool – a tool to provide activities and a comfortable context to monitor, reflect upon and track changes as an aspiring or new farmer goes through a season of farm training.
Employee/Employer Handbooks and Resources
Hosting Events and Workshops
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at University of California Santa Cruz has developed three key instructional resources on teaching sustainable farming and gardening. This includes curriculum for “Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture” course and the manuals “Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening: Resources for Instructors” and “Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors.”
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum and Handbook – this Curriculum includes Thirty-five modules representing outlines and notes for farmers to discuss various organic and ecological agriculture topics with their apprentices. The Western SARE curriculum is comprised of twenty-seven topics. Many of these “classroom” topics include “in-field” components that can be utilized while teaching and demonstrating new tasks during the workweek.
Sample Contracts and Agreements
Please be sure to always check the latest information from your province’s Department of Labour regarding employee compensation.
National Family Farm Coalition’s Mentoring Report– includes worksheets, information on (U.S.) regulations from several respected sources.