Applications are now open for the 2023 Start Farming Mentorship program! The goal of the mentorship is to empower Duval County residents with the tools and information necessary to start their own farm or agribusiness. With a mix of in-person workshops, virtual training, and on-site farm tours, mentees will learn about sustainable farming practices, resources available to start a farm and issues in farming practice. The program will take place from March to December 2023. To receive a certificate of completion and invitation to the private closing celebration, mentees must attend at least 80% of programs offered.
Farm tours: Urban Farm, Bio-diverse & Regenerative Farm, Rural Farm, Livestock/Animal Husbandry Farm
In-person workshop: Water Conservation, Soil Health & Composting, Pollinators
Virtual workshops: Business Planning, Understanding the Farm Bill, Cottage Food & Value Added Products
Other: Hug-a-Farmer Day & Spring Market, Start Farming Panel & Holiday Market, Mentorship Closing Celebration
The Start Farming Mentorship program is open to new farmers who reside in Duval County and are interested in starting a farm business. Preference will be given to past attendees of the District’s annual Start Farming events. Applications are only accepted online through this Google Form and must be submitted by March 12, 2023. Please note that there will be a small charge associated with this program. Additional details including event dates will be provided if you are chosen for the mentorship. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org