Register now for online classes to discover how cover crops can help you on your farm
Posted: May 12, 2022
Farm Resilience Mentorship Program
Farmers for Climate Solutions is launching the Farm Resilience Mentorship Program (FaRM): a mentorship program to scale adoption of on-farm climate-friendly practices across 2 million acres of farmland in Canada.
Through online peer-to-peer learning, FaRM will provide free training and mentorship to 10,000 farmers and ranchers on:
ACORN is partnering with Farmers for Climate Solutions to coordinate training on Cover Cropping in Atlantic Canada with the first classes happening online this summer and fall!
ACORN will offer Advanced Nitrogen Management in 2023. Visit the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association to register for Advanced Grazing Management.
The cover cropping course is open to all Atlantic Canadian farmers; you do not need to be certified organic to participate. Organic farmers, note that some content may not be applicable to certified organic operations. Let's learn together!
Through this course, you will be able to identify how cover crops can address some of the soil problems on your farm, and how these plants can improve your bottom line. By using cover crops, you can cut back on soil amendments and sprays, and add biodiversity to your farm.
By completing this course, you will leave with:
A cover crop plan adapted to your region, microclimate, soil type, equipment, crop rotation and management strategis. You will work out how and when to plant and terminate cover crops and even have back-up plans in case something unexpected happens.
Tools to help adapt and expand your cover crop plan. You will have the resources to change your cover crop plan as your farm changes and as you get more comfortable using cover crops.
A network of contacts. During the course, you will meet Mentors and other farmers in your region. You will develop a network of people you can reach out to with questions or follow on social media to find out about upcoming workshops and farm tours.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR ME?
This year’s course is focused on row crops and field crops and will be most relevant to farmers growing these at a large and medium scale. Future years will see curriculum broadened to focus on market gardeners and cover crops in perennial production systems.
If any of these statements resonate with you, then we think this is the right program for you!
I would like to adopt beneficial management practices (BMPs) on my farm, and I am looking to grow my knowledge or get more implementation information
I have adopted one or more climate-friendly agricultural practices on my farm with success and would like to adopt another
I have adopted a BMP at a small-scale and I am looking to scale-up
I have unsuccessfully attempted to adopt a BMP on my farm and I am looking for assistance to make it work
I have not yet adopted BMPs on my farm but I am interested in learning more
Our commitment to equity for FaRM
We believe that our sector, and our work as a coalition, will be stronger with decreased barriers to entry and better opportunities to succeed for equity-deserving farmers. We encourage people who belong to equity-deserving groups to join the Farm Mentorship Program, and have reserved 30% of registrations for equity-deserving farmers.
How much time will I need to commit?
Here is an approximate breakdown of your time commitment for one year:
Up to 5 hours of class time
2-4 hours of independent learning (i.e. reading material, watching videos, etc. on your own time)
optional follow-up support with Farmer Mentors
unlimited access to online learning platform, including community clubs for the year