Mentor Farmer Scholarships Available

There is approximately $5,000 available for Tennessee State University for “mentor” farmers. Contact Ms.Leslie Speller-Henderson, the interim program leader of FCS program who has information for all applicants. 

Dear State Coordinators,
The Southern SARE program will be utilizing surplus funds to make travel scholarships available for sustainable agriculture events occurring in early 2015, and possibly late 2014.

What can the travel scholarships be used for?
While the Southern SAWG meeting has certainly proven to be an excellent conference to send mentor farmers to, any conferences, meetings, workshops, or trainings promoting sustainable agriculture is a possibility as long as it occurs in late 2014 or early 2015.

What expenses will be reimbursed?
SARE will reimburse for hotel rooms and travel to/from the conference. Scholarship recipients must pay for their expenses upfront and submit forms for reimbursement.
SARE does not pay for meals, field trips or short courses.
*There is one meal that will be reimbursed for SSAWG because it is covered in the registration fee.

Who is eligible to receive a travel scholarship?
The funds are open to be used by extension and NGOs who train farmers.  Mentor Farmers may attend but the farmers must be in a position to train other farmers.  Those nominated as Mentor farmers should include a description of activities the individual has or will participate in as a trainer to other farmers.

*Mentor Farmer
In Southern SARE, we use the term “mentor farmer” in addition to limited resource farmer. While there is no strict definition, we see mentor farmers as innovators in sustainable agriculture who teach others what they have learned. They may be active in a farmers market, farmer cooperative, associations, or simply be a producer who tries innovative practices and hosts field days, trainings, demonstrations, and other events. PDP is a train the trainer program and the main idea is that mentor farmers participate in sustainable agriculture education events and take the information home to teach other producers.