. In December 2020, AUA welcomed 35 new cohort members to join our Farmer to Farmer Mentorship Program, an initiative that seeks to match beginner farmers with experienced farmers to share in their wealth and knowledge, while fostering mutual beneficial relationships.

These 16 mentorship pairs are comprised of experienced and beginner farmers, animal & beekeepers, from 37growing and apiary sites, & representing 3 counties. 

Additionally, this program seeks to expand: educational opportunities for growing food, flowers, medicine, farming animals and insects in Chicago; access to quality, safe food; skills for environmental conservation of soil, water, and air in our region; and the web of collective power and solidarity amongst Chicago area farmers. 

Stay tuned to learn about our next Farmer Mentors & Mentees cohort joining the AUA community.

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Equal Opportunity Statement: AUA works affirmatively to foster inclusive programming and does not discriminate in the selection of participants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of identity. AUA strongly encourages applications from candidates and individuals with voices that have been historically under-represented in the food system, including but not limited to women, people of color, Black and Indigenous people.