Tips and Resources for Starting Your Own Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program

For the past two weeks we've been sharing stories about how farmer to farmer mentoring can help farmers transition successfully to grazing or improve their grazing operations. (How to Turn Farmers Into Graziers and What's It Like to Have a Mentor?) The beauty of being a mentor, or having a mentor is that you have at least one colleague working with you towards similar goals. This can be especially important if you're trying something different from your neighbors who might even think you're crazy for stepping outside the box. We hope that by sharing this we can give you some tools or ideas for working within your community to support each other and help new farmers coming along behind you. We'd like to close the series with some lessons learned, insights and time savers from the Maryland Grazers Network as well as some links back to past On Pasture articles to give you additional resources. You can download the Maryland Grazer's Network Report as well to have on hand as you consider what you'd like to do. One Size Doesn't Fit All This comes as no surprise to any of us. So when you're shaping your network, do it in a way that fits your farm and ranch community. The Maryland Grazers Network didn't limit itself to county or watershed boundaries, a

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