On-farm mentors are individuals who have struggled—but survived—in their endeavors as farmers and want to help teach an upcoming generation about making a living off of the land while maintaining its integrity. An on-farm mentor should not only be a good farmer but also a good teacher, one who is willing to take the time to explain how and why he or she does certain things. This handbook will help mentors develop their teaching skills as they progress through their first—or perhaps fortieth—internship.
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin-Madison