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New Farmers Get Help from MOSES Mentors

The MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs experienced organic farmers with those who are new to organic farming practices. The current program has pairings in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois in diverse farm settings: apples, hazelnuts, grains, livestock, high tunnels and more.

The MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs experienced
organic farmers with those who are new to organic farming practices.
The program currently has 21 mentors and 26 mentees. Several mentors
work with more than one mentee. MOSES Organic Specialist Harriet
Behar manages the program and says she has no problem finding
mentors, but could use help locating the mentees who can benefit from
this experience.

"The mentors really like helping newer farmers and many develop
long-term friendships," Harriet said. She said the best mentees are
those that have been farming for a year or two and know their
limitations and challenges. "That way they get specific, practical
help," she added.

The current program has pairings in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and
Illinois in diverse farm settings: apples, hazelnuts, grains,
livestock, high tunnels and more. "If someone comes to me looking for
a mentor in a particular specialty, I can usually find that farmer,"
Harriet said.

Applications to be either a mentor or a mentee are accepted through
Dec. 10, 2012. The annual mentoring program starts in January. Click
here for details...

New website reports on transition initiative

The Tools for “Organic” Transition (TFT) Project, a four-year
research project on the economics of organic transition, now has a
website with profiles of newly certified and transitioning farmers,
project newsletters, research findings, survey results and events.The
website was launched in cooperation with eOrganic by the TFT Project
Team, which includes the University of Minnesota, the Center for Farm
Financial Management, the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable
Agriculture, the  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Farm
Business Management Program and the Minnesota Department of
Agriculture.

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