Young Agrarians is celebrating the ninth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program in BC and the expansion of the program across the Prairies! The BMN offers business mentorships to a diverse array of new and young farmers. Through one-on-one mentorship, peer networks and online workshops young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses.
YA business mentorships have helped over a 100+ farmers to generate more revenues, grow more food and put more land into production. Immediate results have led to on average of 64% more farm revenue, a 72% increase in food produced, and a 48% increase in land under production. We are thrilled to bring the stories of these farmers to you for inspiration!
Applications open for Mentees across Western Canada in October 2023.
Mentor applications are accepted year round.
Where do you farm?
What do you farm?
What inspired you to get into farming?
Having children made me more aware of where our food comes from and our farming practices. I started volunteering on a local farm while on maternity leave, and just loved it! From there I got a job at a local farm for their weekend markets. When the kids were in school I was able to get a more stable office job, and hated it! So back to farming I went!
How did you learn how to farm?
I’ve volunteered on many farms, worked at every farmers market in the lower mainland, took classes and online programs to learn everything I needed. Books, YouTube, and the local farming community have also been invaluable.
How much land is under production on your farm?
What are you producing?
What types of ecological farm practices and/or responses to climate change realities do you engage in?
What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that enabled this?
Why did you apply for business mentorship?
What is the greatest business challenge you face as a new farmer?
What is your primary business goal for the season?
What business tools could you not live without?
If you had a farming robot what would it be?
How can we find out more about you, your farm, and its products?
This program is made possible with the generous funding support of Vancity, Endswell Foundation and Columbia Basin Trust.