The Beginner Farmer Program Mentorship Cohort is a farmer-to-farmer mentorship opportunity supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). The program focuses on individual learning opportunities through mentor-mentee interactions on the phone, via zoom, and in person on the farm. The mentee’s farm business goals are the foundation for the mentorship, and the mentee and mentor will work together to determine where the mentor’s knowledge and skills will be most helpful for the mentee’s learning process. Outside of the mentor-mentee interactions, mentees will be expected to participate in a certain number of workshops and farmer networking events hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. Mentees will work alongside other participants in the Mentorship Cohort and learn as a community with the other mentees. Mentees and mentors will be matched with the help of CCESC staff. If you are a couple/pair, you can apply as 1 mentee together and you will share the $10,000 stipend.
Mentors and mentees will work with CCESC staff throughout the 12-month commitment to ensure both mentors and mentees are benefiting from the mentorship program.
For our 2024 Mentorship Cohort, there are 5 mentee spots designated for veterans. There will be an additional veteran cohort of those 5 mentees, and CCESC staff will organize events and networking opportunities for the veteran cohort.
10 mentees per year, with an additional 5 veteran mentees
This is a free opportunity for accepted applicants.
Mentees will receive a $10,000 stipend for the 12-month commitment, the stipend will be separated into four $2,500 installments, after each quarter. Quarters are every three months. Mentees must meet the requirements of the mentee program as outlined in their agreement to receive the stipends.
The Mentorship Cohort Program is for individuals who are ready to take the next step toward starting and/or establishing their farm business in the Catskills Mid-Hudson Region. We do not require a certain number of years farming; we understand that the number of years farming does not always translate to agricultural knowledge depth nor commitment to starting a farm business. Our program prioritizes serving historically underserved individuals and communities in agriculture, with a priority for individuals located in the Catskills Mid-Hudson Region.
Develop a foundational understanding of the components involved in building a farm business.
Enterprises we are able to support through this program:
Enterprises we are not able to support through this program:
The follow variables will be the main determining factors in application evaluation:
Applications will be reviewed by the Beginner Farmer Program Advisory Committee; applications will be made anonymous for the review. Following the review from the Advisory Committee members, three CCESC staff members will make the final decision based on the reviews.
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Last updated November 28, 2023