Mentorship Program Listing
A list of various industry mentorship programs available throughout Canada.
- Canadian Angus Association Mentorship Program
The Mentorship Program has three primary goals: Support new and young Angus producers; Facilitate Angus producers with a network of expertise and community; Provide a forum to access tools to ensure success and longevity in the industry.
- Cattlemen’s Young Leaders
The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program provides formal and informal opportunities for young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 years to participate in industry-specific training and mentorship.
- CRAFT Ontario – Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training
CRAFT Ontario focuses on providing interns with a full-season of immersion into the world of ecological farming. This is a practical, hands-on learning experience where interns exchange their labour and commitment in order to benefit from a farmer’s time, instruction, and expertise.
- Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre
Located in Hillsburgh, Ontario, Everdale focuses on Farmer Training, School Programming and a Children’s Farm Camp, as well as public workshops.
Agriventure offers a unique opportunity for young people aged between 18 and 30 to travel and work on a farm, in agriculture, horticulture or home management in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. An Agriventure farm work placement will allow you to experience real life in another country, rather than just as a tourist.
FarmStart’s goal is to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial ecological farmers to get their businesses off the ground and to thrive. FarmStart provides practical training and support, sector leadership, and a voice for a new generation of farmers. Programs/services include Start-Up Farm Facilities, short courses, farmer tours, and on-farm workshops.
FoodWork is Canada’s site for jobs in local, organic and sustainable food. It includes mentorships as well as other food jobs and volunteer positions.
- Farms at Work
Offers a place to meet, learn, share, and explore for farmers in Durham, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Northumberland, Halibutron and Hastings. Farms at Work is working hard to attract new farmers to the region, support access to farmland and financing, ensure access to training opportunities, and support farmers in diversification and expansion to ensure that farmland stays in production.
- GoodWork Environmental Jobs
GoodWork is a green/environmental job site, including organic and sustainable agriculture. If you’re looking for other mentorship opportunities this is a good place to start.
- Green Certificate Program
The Alberta Government’s Green Certificate Program is an agricultural training program that uses an apprenticeship style of delivery to ensure participants ‘learn by doing’.
- ACORN – Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network
ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture by facilitating information exchange, coordinating non-formal education, and networking with all interested parties both regionally and nationally. From seed to farmer to consumer, ACORN works to bring the whole picture together–making food choices healthier and more environmentally responsible.
- Grow A Farmer
ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship and Mentorship Program works with diverse Maritime-based organic farmers to deliver the first experiential training and educational program for beginner and aspiring organic farmers in Atlantic Canada.
- Ignatius Jesuit Centre
The Ignatius Jesuit Centre, near Guelph, Ontario, focuses on internships in ecology, sustainable agriculture, forestry, workshops, retreats, and spirituality.
- Manitoba Farm Mentorship
MFM, a program of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba, maintains a diverse library including new farmer training and organic and sustainable farming links, and partners with the Harvest Moon Society to deliver new/transitioning farmer supports in Manitoba.
- Harvest Moon Society
The Harvest Moon Society matches aspiring farmers with new and experienced farmers for on-farm internships, and offers a variety of farmer training courses and workshops.
- MAPAQ – Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)
This section of the MAPAQ site provides a number of valuable resources to help individuals that are interested in becoming established in agriculture. (French only)
- Mentorat d’affaires en agriculture
MAPAQ and the Entrepreneurship Foundation match young and experienced farmers in order to facilitate agri-business mentorship opportunities.
- Nuffield Canada
Nuffield Canada offers scholarships to agricultural leaders to expand their knowledge and network with top individuals around the world, to promote advancement and leadership in agriculture.
- REAP Canada – Resource Efficient Agricultural Production
REAP aims to increase the sustainability of farming systems and build up ecological methods of producing food, fibre, and fuel. Internships available through REAP help interns aged 19 to 30 years learn about ecological agricultural development and renewable energy.
- SOIL – Stewards of Irreplaceable Land
SOIL connects apprentices that want to work and learn about organic farming with Canadian farmers. (Application fee: $30.00)
- The UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture
The University of British Columbia Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is an 8 month experiential learning program designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Program graduates share a vision of livelihoods and lifestyles grounded in sustainable and community-based food systems.
- Succeeding Generations
A Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural initiative program – helps young and beginning farmers develop and manage viable farm operations while addressing the needs of retiring producers.
- WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
(Also known as Willing Workers on Organic Farms) In exchange for food, accommodation, and the opportunity to work and learn about organic farming, WWOOF volunteers are matched with farmers. (2 year Membership fee: $50.00)