Mentor Program

The Organic Farming Mentor Program is an opportunity for experienced organic farmers to support those new to the practice through education and instruction. We are seeking farmers (both certified and non-certified) to participate in our program, and share their knowledge with others.

If you are looking for constructive guidance, please fill out the Farmer Mentor Application and send it to Vicki Morrone. We will pair you with one of our mentor volunteers.

New farmers can ask questions, visit farms and gain hands-on experience. A membership agreement will be filled out prior to participation. And a list of existing Organic Farm Mentors is provided:

Name, Farm, Crop, Michigan Location, Contact

Jane Bush, Appleschram Farm, Apples, Cover Crops, Ionia Co., Charlotte, jebush@earthlink.net 

Jim Koan, Almar Orchards, Apple Pest Mgmt, Genesee Co., Flushing, almarapple@aol.com

Pooh Stevenson, Owosso Organics, Vegetable, Flower & Hoophouse Production, Clinton & Owosso Co., pooh@micholine.net 

Anthony Cinzori, Cinzori Farms, Vegetable and Transplant Production, Calhoun Co.,Ceresco, cinzori@aol.com 

Lee and Lori Arboreal, Vegetables, Van Buren Co., Bangor, thistled@avci.net 

Jim, Matt and Ben Sattleburg, Thistledown Farms, Grains and Beans, Sanilac Co., Snover, contact@eatersguild.com 

Lee and Linda Purdy, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Meats and Fruit, Genesee Co., Linden, themillers@westwindmilling.com 

Cheryl and Alan Kobernik, North Star Organics, Cherries, Benzie Co., Frankfort, kobernick@ptway.com