Specialty Mentorship Program
The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) mentoring program connects established farmers with new and beginning farmers, aspiring farmers, and seasoned farmers.
The mentor program encourages women farmers to support each other through shared learning and exchange of experiences in workshops and online forums focused on five topic areas: fruit and vegetable cultivation, dairy and cheese production, urban agriculture and nutrition, on-farm education and value-added products, and livestock production. The mentoring program values women farmers as leaders of change by providing educational opportunities to foster healthy food systems; promote farming livelihoods; expand and strengthen networks; foster stewardship of land, people, and resources; and support financial and environmental sustainability.
Women in agriculture are encouraged to join the mentor program by participating in various events scheduled during the 2014 growing season. These events are designed to expand participants’ farming potential through on-farm educational gatherings, farminars, workshops, networking events, and one-on-one communications with mentors delegated to the five specialty areas.