NOFA-NY will be accepting applications from qualified new farmers to participate in its two-year support program, known as the NOFA-NY Journeyperson Program, until February 8th, 2012. NOFA-NY, along with state NOFA chapters in five other states running similar programs, is able to provide two years of educational and business planning stipends, support of a paid farmer mentor, educational and networking opportunities and a specific commitment to ensuring that this small group of farmers is able to find sure footing in their first few years of farming independently.
The application process begins by a farmer using the application form that can be downloaded from www.nofany.org/jp or requested from the NOFA-NY office. The application deadline is February 8th, with notification occurring around February 24th.
Interviews will be requested of highly competitive applicants, and an orientation and kick-off will occur later in the spring to officially welcome the first northeast-wide cohort of Journeyperson farmers.