2024 Pathways to Farming Applications Open
Applications for Oregon Food Bank's 2024 Pathways to Farming Program are now open! Applications will be accepted until Sunday, Nov. 5th 11:59 PM PST.
The Pathways to Farming Program is an Oregon Food Bank program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) beginning farmers who already have farming experience or commercial production experience (ideally 2 years or more) to hone their skills while acting as a support mechanism to assist farmers to actualize what success means to them. We are looking to co-create this program to be community-centered with a flexibility that will allow for changes and updates as well as other opportunities that best suit and support the farmers and the community served.
Please see below for the 2024 Application, Application Guidelines, and FAQ in both English and Spanish.
Please share the application and materials with any potential applicants, your respective networks, and community.
Applicants are encouraged to reach out directly to Farm Program Manager Dee Thompson (deethompson@oregonfoodbank. org) with any questions about the Pathways to Farming Program, the application process, and requesting a tour of Unity Farm.
Accepted applicants can expect the following from the Pathways to Farming Program:
Free access to land, water, tools, equipment, and infrastructure at Unity Farm (dependent on need and availability).
$4,000 stipend paid annually to support your farm business
Workshops, Farm Tours, and Peer to Peer learning
Joining a cohort community of BIPOC beginning farmers
1:1 Coaching for Farming Technical Assistance and Business Development
We look forward to hearing from you!