Mentoring Scheme launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of a mentoring programme to support new entrant farmers.

A mentoring relationship between experienced practitioners and new entrants in the first years of running a land-based enterprise is extremely valuable and can have a significant impact on the development of the business and the success of the new entrant.

The mentoring scheme will partner new entrants with experienced practitioners for support in setting up and enterprises and troubleshooting in the first years of operation. This two year pilot scheme is a partnership between the Landworkers’ Alliance, the Organic Growers Alliance, CSA Network and Ecological Land Cooperative.

The scheme will have two intakes of mentees during the pilot programme, with each intake being mentored over a period of nine months – the first intake will run from March to November 2020 and applications are now open. The mentoring offered will be a combination of group mentoring in small groups and one-on-one mentoring, and also includes a group gathering and webinar sessions.

The mentoring programme is open to people who have been running a business (or who have a decision making role in a farming business) for less than five years. Unfortunately at this stage, the programme is not open to people who have not yet started their business. The programme is open to people who are farming to organic principles/agroecologically across all different farming sectors and we encourage people from different parts of the country and sectors to apply. 

To apply please complete the Application Form before midnight on 31st December. We have also produced Application Guidelines with further information about the scheme and more information about what mentoring is. Please read these before applying. Any questions, please email

Please note that this is a pilot programme – the funding we have received is limited and as a result we will not be able to include everyone in the scheme.