The Kitsap Farm Mentor Program provides a multidisciplinary study into sustainable agriculture. Developed by farmers and the WSU Extension offices in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties, the program provides curriculum support for approved farmer mentors.
Formal instruction is provided by each farmer mentor and WSU specialists. Farm mentors provide their chosen interns with comprehensive instruction in the operations of their farm. Farm-based learning is supplemented by monthly intensive workshops in topics such as livestock systems, soil management, seed systems and pasture management.
Kitsap Farm Mentor Program Goals:
The Kitsap Farm Mentor Program’s main goal is to provide support to approved Farm Mentors who then collectively provide instruction and hands-on learning in small farm agricultural practices while celebrating Kitsap County as a farming community.
Role of WSU & Farmers
Farmers: During the internship process, the farm is the classroom and the farmer is the on-site instructor. Farm Mentors share their education, knowledge, and skills to enrich the learning of their farm interns.
WSU Kitsap Extension: The Kitsap Farm Mentor Program is administered through the WSU Kitsap Extension office. The program is designed to provide support and administrative assistance to the farm mentor group to further their success in training the next generation of skilled farmers. The program does not provide matchmaking with interns, communicate on behalf of interns, or contract with interns in any fashion.