Business Mentorship Network Application 2019/2020 If you are a human and are seeing this field, please leave it blank. Fields marked with a * are required. PLEASE NOTE! If the application form is left open for too long there is the potential for the information you've entered to be lost. In order to prevent this from happening, we recommend completing your short answers in a separate word doc and copying them over once you are ready to submit. Principal Applicant Information First Name * Last Name * Farm Name Farm Business Partners Address 1 * City * Province * Postal Code * Email * Phone * OPTIONAL - Do you identify with an equity seeking group? (Women, Aboriginal person, person with disabilities, visible minority, etc.) Business and Agricultural Background What type of agricultural training do you have? (Academic, farm school, work experience on farms, etc.) * What type of business training do you have (if any)? (Academic, courses taken, bookkeeping experience, etc.) * Do you have a business plan? * YesNo What is your experience in farming? * In what part of B.C. are you farming (or looking to farm)? * Please specify if you're looking for land. What type of land tenure arrangement do you have or are you looking for? * (own, lease to own, lease, license, etc.) What type of farming practices do you employ? * (certified organic, uncertified organic, permaculture, biodynamic, etc.) Describe your farming operation: * (Please detail the historical use of the land, amount of land in production, number people employed, major crops / livestock, market garden, rural or urban, agrotourism, special interests, etc.) How many years has your farm business, in it's current form, been in operation? It is not yet operationalLess than 1 year1 year2 years3+ years What are your primary marketing outlets / revenue streams? * (do you have a CSA, sell at farmer's markets, restaurants, commercial relationships, etc.) Do you advertise your business? If so, where? * (this could be web or print media; please include your website or links to social media channels) Will you (or your primary farm partner) need to work off-farm next season? YesNoIt's complicated Mentorship Objectives What qualities are you looking for in a mentor? * What are your personal goals for participating in this program? * What are your top business objectives for the next season? * Business Skill Development Describe the business skills you'd like to receive to increase your Production Efficiency: * e.g. crop planning, crop successions, soil fertility Describe the business skills you'd like to receive to increase your Operations Efficiency: * e.g. record keeping, managing employees, handling/ storage/ transport of goods Describe the business skills you'd like to receive to advance your Marketing Strategy: * e.g. evaluating market demands, pricing strategy, communication plan Describe the business skills you'd like to receive to advance your Financial Management: * e.g. financial literacy, filing business taxes, capital investment, debt management Describe the business skills you'd like to receive to advance your Risk Management: * e.g. knowledge of business structures, land lease / license agreements, insurance plans Provide the names and contact information of 2 references that can attest to your background and farming intentions. * (1 professional and 1 personal) I understand my CV and 2019 Farm Financial Statements must be submitted to complete this application. * I understand that I must pay a nominal program fee if I am accepted into the Business Mentorship Network. * This program is made possible with the generous funding support of Vancity, Province of British Columbia, and Columbia Basin Trust.