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Farm Mentorship Program

Volunteer at a farm in Northfield
One-time event

Interested in working on a farm? Join crop mob and work day list serv! Subscribers are notified of harvest, planting, and construction volunteer work days on local farms. or contact Tori Ostenso ostensot for more information.

Looking for a more regular commitment? See below.

Become a mentee at a farm in Northfield
Weekly commitment

The Farm Mentorship Program connects Carleton students with local farmers. Mentees perform general farm chores, participate in publicity and business planning, and engage in research. Mentees may also act as liaisons between the farm and Carleton.

The program runs for the course of the entire year, and mentees are expected to visit the farm every week for 3 HOURS. The length of the program gives mentees the opportunity to experience the farm at different stages during the growing season.

20 students have Mentorships at the following farms:

  • Little Hill Berry Farm
  • Open Hands Farm
  • Main Street Project
  • SEEDS Farm
  • Simple Harvest Farm
  • Spring Wind Farm
  • Singing Hills Goat Dairy
  • If you are interested in becoming a farm mentee, please review the Expectations handout (under "Related Documents" to the right) and complete the application.  Although applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, the priority deadline for the program is 5th week of winter term. Becoming an authorized student driver is not required but highly recommended for this program. For more information on becoming an authorized student driver, click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a farm mentor, contact Kelly Scheuerman at

Caring for the cows.

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Collecting eggs.
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Related Documents

  • Farm Mentorship Expectations (121 KB Word Document)
    This document details the benefits and responsibilities of being a farm mentor or farm mentee.