"One of my favorite parts of the program is the skills checklists. I love them and use them with all my apprentices. I've also noticed that the apprentices that come to us through the program tend to be of a higher caliber. You really do get a wider range of candidates for your apprenticeship positions, and people who have a specific interest in farming as a career."
- Robin Verson, Hill and Hollow Farm
As the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) continues to expand our network of new participating mentor farms, we welcome applications from new farms -- both organic and biodynamic -- to join the program.
The program guidelines are quite general in order to allow room for each farmer’s unique style and circumstances, so if you have already been working with apprentices, you won’t need to change much. You will continue to be able to choose which apprentices to work with and as a mentor farmer, you will continue to make your own arrangements with apprentices regarding room and board, finances, time off, etc.
The main requirement for mentor farmers is that you be sincerely interested in the education of your apprentices and cooperate with NABDAP in providing this education. You will be asked to:
In doing these things you will have the support and assistance of the NABDAP Coordinator as well as your Regional Coordinator. Coordinators will meet regularly with the apprentices, help keep track of paperwork, and work to solve any problems that may arise.
To become a mentor farm with the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program, you will need to complete an application packet, which includes:
Once we receive your completed application materials, the NABDAP Central Coordinator and Regional Coordinator for your area will review them, and one or both will schedule a phone interview and/or visit to your farm to orient you to NABDAP and ensure that your farm is a good fit for our program.
If you are interested in participating in NABDAP as a Mentor Farm, please contact Thea Maria Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262.649.9212 ext. 5 to request an application packet.