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The application process for the next cycle of the Mentor Program will begin in May of 2017. Check back for details!

The ASCFG launched the Mentor Program in 2016 to match our more experienced members with newer members just getting started with their flower farming endeavors. Itís a great way to give back to our community and create lasting, rewarding relationships with the next generation of flower farmers.

Five matches were made, based on location and shared business modes. They communicated via email and phone, and visited each otherís farms, sharing experiences and building supportive relationships.


Goals of the Program

1)  Fast track younger or inexperienced growers through the learning phase of beginning flower farming. This will help ensure a more successful venture and build more quality growers.

 2) Build more successful growers which will make for more active and long-term ASCFG members. Qualified beginning farmers must be ASCFG members to participate.

 3) Engage older and more experienced growers by keeping them involved in the ASCFG, and active within the cut flower movement.


Guidelines for Mentees

Mentee Requirements:

Contact mentor by phone or email as needed.  Regular communication is crucial for the program to be successful.  Be respectful of the mentorís own schedules and set up a system that works for both parties.

Visit mentorís farm at least once during the two years of the program.

Host mentor at least once each year for a visit.

Complete annual evaluation/ report about the program and the mentor at the end of each growing season.

Mentee Benefits: 

Discounted conference registrations for the two years of the program.

$250 for travel to visit mentor farmer, $125/year.


Guidelines for Mentors

 

Mentor Requirements: 

Be available by phone and email to novice grower as needed. Regular communication is crucial for the program to be successful.

Visit novice grower at least once each of the two years.

Host novice grower at least once during the two years.

Complete annual evaluation/report about the program and the novice grower at the end of each growing season.

Mentor Benefits:

$500 stipend, half paid after first year, remainder paid after completion of second year.

Free conference registrations for the two years of the program, one grower intensive in the years where there is no national conference.

ASCFG membership for two years.

$250 for travel to visit beginning farmer, $125/year.