Who's it for?
Aspiring and experienced farmers in Western North Carolina.
What problem does it solve?
It can be difficult to find and cultivate meaningful mentor relationships between aspiring and experienced farmers.
How does it help?
We connect aspiring farmers with experienced farmers and encourages innovative on-farm educational and professional experiences. Providing tools to established farmers that will enhance their mentorship abilities is central to our efforts.
In the fall of 2014, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture was approached by established farmers seeking a way to provide structured education and training to their on-farm apprentices. Through further input from the community, Blue Ridge CRAFT was formed with the goals of: Connecting aspiring farmers with established farmer-mentors in the High Country Providing structured educational opportunities and training to aspiring farmers Providing labor-management education and assistance to established farmers As we work together to form a more resilient and just food system and local economy, Blue Ridge CRAFT believes that is imperative that we encourage candid, meaningful conversations, form durable and inclusive partnerships, engage best practices, and excite innovation and creativity.