Iowa’s female military veterans who are interested in exploring careers in sustainable agriculture are invited to participate in a new project sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network.
Mentorship applications are currently being accepted for 8 on-farm mentorships. Mentees will spend 10 weeks working with an established female farmer in Iowa operating the type of farm the mentee is interested in starting, such as fruit and vegetable, livestock, orchard and other diversified crop farms. They will learn skills related to production, harvest, post-harvest handling, and marketing. Start dates are flexible, ranging from early spring to fall. The early application deadline is Feb. 15.
WFAN will pay mentees a stipend of $50/week to help offset expenses. Mentor farms will offer a compensation package including an hourly wage and in some cases room and board. Reliable transportation is recommended.
Iowa is home to 17,835 women vets. The rate of unemployment for women vets is higher than that of men. WFAN was one of 7 organizations in the US to receive funding for veteran support from Newman’s Own Foundation in 2014 to provide career development and other support services to US veterans.
To learn more about the program, visit WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential program page at http://wfan.org/our-programs/harvesting-our-potential/ and click on Aspiring Farmers. The application form is available at this link: http://wfan.org/on-farm-mentee-application-2014/
Female vets who are already beginning farmers (farming 10 years or less) can participate in one-year off-farm mentorships with female experienced farmer mentors. The mentor farmers will talk with them each week by phone or email to help them with their farm-related questions. Mentors and mentees will visit one another’s farms once during the year. Fill out the form at http://wfan.org/2014-off-farm-mentee-application/.
Business and leadership development workshops will be offered in the summer; sign up for WFAN’s email list at http://wfan.org/get-connected/ to receive information about them.
Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn more at www.wfan.org, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 515-460-2477.