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JourneyPerson Program

The NOFA NJ JourneyPerson program is designed to fill the gap between apprenticeship and independent farmer. By providing support, resources and opportunities to new farmers who have completed an apprenticeship or have farmed at least two years, we hope to further develop the skills they need to farm independently and successfully

Applications for the 2024 JourneyPerson Program are currently closed. Email nofainfo@nofanj.org for more information.

Program Overview

JourneyPerson Program Mentees receive:

  • Paid Mentor of their choosing
  • Free admission to NOFA NJ events and educational programs
  • Marketing and Promotion for their farm business
  • $500 stipend to use towards on-farm technical support

JourneyPerson Program Mentors receive:

  • $1,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program
  • Complimentary admission to NOFA NJ events when attending with their Mentee
  • Marketing and Promotion for the mentor’s farm business
Both Mentees and Mentors are expected to submit basic progress reports and a final report at the end of the year-long program. Topics of interest, resources utilized and lessons learned are shared by NOFA NJ to enrich the community’s understanding of the needs of beginning farm businesses.

Current Program Participants

Mentee: Tobi Indyke (Periwinkle Skies)

Periwinkle Skies is a permaculture-based operation producing dye plants for artisans, healing herbs & mushrooms for herbalists, and berries that can be used for dyes, teas and trail mixes.

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Mentor: Jared R. & Rachel M. (Wild Ridge Plants)

Wild Ridge Plants combines experience in restoration, stewardship, and botany with a passion for reconnecting people with the traditional uses of wild plants.

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Past Program Participants


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