Mentoring the Next Generation
Experience often times is the best teacher. Our Farm Forward Mentorship helps the next generation learn from the experience of others. Through this program, young, beginning and small farmers partner with experienced mentors generating an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge.
Professional business coaches and mentoring consultants facilitate the 18 month-long program. The program begins with a day of training and includes several coordinated conversations and site visits to mentor and mentee farms throughout the year. Some key areas of focus include: creating an effective business plan, managing risk, utilizing resources and overseeing day-to-day operations. Though these relationships will last long after, the official program concludes with a group celebration event at the end of the program.
Value to Mentor
- Satisfaction of helping and teaching the next generation
- Learning new ideas
- Gaining experience in the art of mentorship
Value to Mentee
- Gaining broad knowledge of industry dynamics and practices
- Networking with key industry contacts
- Understanding today’s agriculture business model
The deadline to apply for the 2020 - 2022 Farm Forward Mentorship was September 25, 2020. If you would like to learn more about the program or sign-up for the 2022 program, contact your financial services officer or a branch near you.