Greentree Naturals
Interns at Greentree Naturals, the farm of Farmer Mentor Handbook author Diane Green

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Farmer Mentor Handbook

Developed by Diane Green,
Cinda Williams and Theresa Beaver

"The Cultivating Success Farmer Mentor Handbook represents the work of many individuals who shared the vision for “a curriculum based on-farm educational experience” for student farmers in the Inland Northwest.  Several years of discussion, planning, and in-field educational experiences have resulted in this handbook of useful information for producers who are looking to train a new generation of sustainable small acreage farmers. 

The information in the handbook was written and compiled primarily through the diligent efforts of Diane Green.  Diane and her husband, Thom Sadoski, operate Greentree Naturals, a small certified organic farm nestled between the Cabinet and Selkirk mountain ranges in rural northern Idaho. Diane and Thom have hosted fifteen interns over the past seven years and have shared their production and marketing knowledge with them and many other students.  It took Diane’s first hand experience as a farmer and a mentor to understand what other farmers need to know in order to have a successful farmer-intern experience." -Cinda Williams

Download the Farmer Mentor Handbook:
(Files are in pdf format)

02_Preface and Acknowledgements
03_Table of Contents
04_CS Overview
05_Intro to On Farm Internships
06_Adult Learning Styles
07_Project Planning
08_On Farm Internship Agreements
09_One on One Teaching
10_Resolving Community Conflict
11_Addressing Liability Concerns
12_The Evaluation Process

13 Business Planning Templates
14 Resource Book and Website List
15 Appendix Title Page
16 Farmer Mentor Responsibilities
17 Farmer Mentor Application
18 Internship Application

18 Mentorship Application
19 2008 Farmer Mentor Contact List
20 2008 Cultivating Success Team List
21 Four Agreements


Additional Cultivating Success Farmer Mentor Tools
Farmer Mentor Responsibilities
Curriculum Development Exercise
Farm Activities Planning Template
Lesson Topics Template