AUA’s Farmer to Farmer Mentorship Program seeks to match beginning farmers with experienced farmers to share in their wealth of knowledge and foster mutually beneficial relationships. This program seeks to expand: educational opportunities for growing food, flowers, medicine, farming animals and bee keeping 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. Now in our third year, we are excited to continue our program and build off the momentum from the last two years.

Program Description

This is a space for growers, farmers, and earth stewards – centering BIPOC folks – to grow the web of collective power and solidarity amongst each other. Through skill building, resources sharing, and relationship cultivation we are creating a space for growers to have the necessary tools to shape our local food system.

We are looking for individuals who are committed to learning from each other, can provide hands-on experience, and are open to traveling to farms.

The program runs from February 2022 through December 2022. Meetings will occur once a month in February, March and potentially April and May. Most of the summer is time for mentors and mentees to work with each other. There are opportunities to gather informally during the summer and fall to connect with each other.  In November we have a final meeting and evaluations occur in December.

AUA is looking for experienced growers who can mentor a beginning grower throughout the year. We are looking for growers of fruits, vegetables, medicine, flowers, farmed animal and bee keepers, and/or composters. Mentors are expected to encourage good growing practices and assist mentees in connecting them to the urban agriculture community and/or starting their own farm operation. Mentors are compensated $25/hr for up to 30 hours per cohort.

AUA is looking for mentees who are looking to work in Chicago’s urban agriculture and want to strengthen their growing skills. This can mean you are interested in starting/working at a farm business, a community garden, and/or school gardens. Mentees are given the opportunity to learn in depth the journey of becoming a farmer / working as a farmer in the Chicagoland area. Mentees are offered travel reimbursements.

Application Process

  • Application does not guarantee participation; each cohort consists of up to 15 pairs.
  • If you already have a working relationship with someone you can apply together.
  • Mentors can apply to be mentees.
  • If you are applying for both, you will need to submit a mentee and mentor application.
  • Both mentors and mentees will need to submit a resume or summary of relevant experience for this application.
  • You can submit your application via Google Forms or
  • You can download a word document application and submit it via email or mail (address is in the application).

Please submit your application by February 15, 2022 at 11:59pm Central Time. Questions? Please contact Jazmin at or call 773-340-9448.

 To apply to our Farmer to Farmer Mentorship program

via google forms (both mentees and mentors) click the link below:  

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.