2019 Mentorship Application for Harvesting Our Potential Program is Open

Shea Velez-Westphal spent a month on Denise O’Brien’s farm learning about vegetable production.

Shea Velez-Westphal spent a month on Denise O’Brien’s farm learning about vegetable production.

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is excited to launch our application process for the Harvesting Our Potential program in 2019. This program helps train aspiring women farmers by giving them the opportunity to work with women who are already farming successfully.

Women entering farming are more likely than their male counterparts to first ask how their farms can support their families and their communities. This perspective leads to women having farms that are more diverse, more likely to grow produce, and more likely to raise small animals. By supporting women farmers we are not only helping to create entrepreneurs, we are helping to build community food security, bring more diversity to the landscape, and protect farmland into the future.

Call for Mentors

If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out the application at the link below. More program details can be found on the application landing page. Due to funding restrictions, all mentors will need to farm in Iowa. The deadline is February 5th, 2019.

Mentor Application. Please note that you will need to fill out the application at one time, there will not be a way to save your answers and return later.

You will receive an acknowledgment message when we’ve received your application, and we will contact you in February with potential mentee matches. We have the ability to support 10 pairs of farmers.

UPDATED: Our mentee application is open below.

Questions? Contact HOP coordinator Wren Almitra, 215-384-3094, wren@wfan.org.

Call for Mentees

If you are interested in being a mentee, please fill out the application at the link below. More program details can be found on the application landing page. Due to funding restrictions, all mentees will need to farm in Iowa. The deadline is February 19th, 2019.

Mentee Application. Please note that you will need to fill out the application at one time, there will not be a way to save your answers and return later.

Mentees work directly with a farmer instructor to gain hands-on experience. Most mentorships will last around 10 weeks and take place any time within the growing season, whenever it works best for mentor and mentee.

In addition to the on-farm mentorship, mentors and mentees will attend a spring training. There may also be a mid-season in-person meeting, at a date and time to be determined. Both mentors and mentees will also be asked to provide mid-season and post-season reviews.

This program is intended for aspiring farmers who do not yet operate their own farms. A stipend of $500 will be paid to the mentee by WFAN to participate in all aspects of the training, including a pre-season gathering and completing evaluations.

If you have questions, please call 515.460.2477 or email wren@wfan.org.

Apply to Be a Mentee


This program is made possible by our funders: Globetrotter Foundation, Iowa Women’s FoundationSimply7.