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2017 BC Seed Mentorship Application Form - MENTEE

Thank you for your interest in the Seed Mentorship Program and for taking the time to complete this application.

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive 25 or more hours of mentorship over the 2017 growing season with experienced BC seed producers. Priority will be given (but not limited) to applicants who are new entrants into agriculture, residing in British Columbia, ages 18-35, having been in operation for more than two but less than five years.

Mentors will help guide new seed growers through the season, introducing basic seed saving and plant breeding concepts and important in-field tasks from planning and sowing all the way to harvest, processing, and packaging of seeds at the end of the season. Program Managers will also post resources and seed-related communications through the Seed Mentorship listserv.

Please note some program requirements:

1. You must grow a seed crop in 2017 as part of the program.

2. A $100 bonus stipend will be awarded to Mentees for completing the following:
- Completion of three short blog posts throughout the season
- At least one farm visit with your Mentor (at either your farm or theirs, but ideally both!)
- Attendance at one Field Day (including one which may take place at your own Mentor's farm)
- Completion of exit feedback survey

Your concise elaboration on questions below will better help us assess your application and match you with a suitable Mentor.

This program is a managed by Farm Folk City Folk with funding from USC Canada’s Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security in Canada.

Please note the fine print - upon being accepted into the program you will be added to the BC Seed Mentorship Listserv (for communication in this program only), the BC Seed Newsletter list (seed-based newsletters, monthly) and FarmFolk CityFolk's program participant database (occasional newsletters about local food programming). Your blogs will be posted on the BCSeeds.org website as well as Facebook and other social media channels and images you submit may be shared on social media as well. We will not use your info or images for monetary gain, but solely to support our programs and to promote seed production and local food initiatives in BC! Please let us know if you want to be excluded from any of these.

Do you actively use Facebook? We may try to integrate it into the 2017 program to share stories and images.
First Name
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Last Name
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Mailing Address
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City
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Postal Code
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Farm Address/location with City and Postal Code (if different from home location/mailing address)
This is the location where a Mentor may visit for consult if possible
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Phone Number (cell preferred)
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email address
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Have you done any seed saving in the past? If so, please describe your experience briefly below
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Why are you interested in becoming a Mentee in the Seed Mentorship program?
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What type of agricultural training have you received - formal or otherwise?
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How many years have you been farming?
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What is your overall experience in farming and growing food?
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This program requires you to be growing a vegetable seed crop in 2017. Please list the top three crops you would like to grow to seed.
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Are you able to travel for on-farm visits with a potential mentor?
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Do you have reliable access to internet and phone?
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What qualities are you looking for in a mentor?
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What are your top seed growing objectives for the next season?
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Would you like to add any information to your application?
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Do you know of a Seed Grower Mentor you would already like to work with?
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