Grow Your Farm to Institution Connections, Skills, and Purchases

Farm to Institution Mentorships 2016-2017

A limited number of Farm to Institution Mentorships will be developed throughout the state to help participants navigate barriers, access existing resources and opportunities, and to accelerate Farm to Institution success. 

If selected through the application and interview process, your institution (or community group of institutions) will be matched with a targeted team made up of relevant topic experts and practitioners on-the-ground to provide technical assistance. The length and type of mentorship will be designed on a case-by-case basis, but may be a combination of one or more remote or in-person meetings. There will be no cost for these services.

Please fill out the following information completely and accurately. Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you if we have any questions about the information provided, and may conduct a brief interview to learn more, before determining next steps. 

* 1. Contact Information

* 2. What kind of business(es) are you or your group involved with purchasing or preparing food for?

* 3. What local products would you like to find farmers for?

* 4. How did you hear about this opportunity?

* 5. Have you purchased local food before? ***Please outline the details of your experience below, including a) what local products, b) how many accounts with farmers, c) an estimated amount spent in $ on local farmers annually, d) successes, and challenges*** THESE DETAILS MUST BE COMPLETED TO BE CONSIDERED.

* 6. Right now, what prevents you from purchasing more of your products from local farmers? (check all that apply) If you are selected to continue with the mentorship, we will work with you and your mentors to prioritize and select SMART goals to work through that can be attained within about 40 hours of technical assistance.

* 7. Explain your interest in the Farm to Institution mentorship and how this practical support fits into your organizations or community’s future plans. What are your objectives? What are you interested in learning? Is this the right time? Is there administrative support? What other current projects would leverage this work?

* 8. Is there anything else that you would like us to know regarding why you are best suited to receive targeted technical assistance to help expand your local food purchasing?

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this application.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. A completed application does not guarantee mentorship.
Questions? Contact Grace at or 612.520.1675