Would you like to learn how to lead hour-long educational programs on popular farm law subjects at conferences, workshops, and field days in your community?
Become a Legal Ecosystem Fellow, and we’ll show you how!
We need you. Farm Commons staff can’t be every where, each winter, leading all the farm law programming that agricultural communities need to become resilient. And even if we could- it’s not ideal. We want to build the capacity of local agricultural educators to teach and support community members closest to them. We want to teach YOU to lead farm law workshops in your community!
Fellows have seen how a lack of access to legal knowledge can put small farms under when it comes to issues like accessing land, getting proper insurance coverage, settling disputes with neighbors, and following zoning codes. They recognize that supporting farmers’ ability to navigate these areas of law is crucial to sustaining and expanding agricultural communities.
If you are an agricultural educator, you can teach farm law.
It’s a fact that non-attorneys can be effective teachers of farm law – our staff proves it. This program provides what you need to become a community leader in farm law education. We’ve spent a decade crafting accessible, plain-language presentations for you to share in your communities. With the Legal Ecosystem Fellowship program, you will learn how to facilitate powerful teaching and learning spaces around farm law.
We ask that you first take our workshop, Guiding Resilience, so you have a strong baseline knowledge. (If necessary, you can also take our Discovering Resilience Self-Paced workshop to meet this requirement before the Fellowship program begins.)
Get the support you need, now and later, to share farm law knowledge.
Our 6-meeting Fellowship program will give you the tools to get going. We’ll walk you through template presentations with slides and scripts, show you how to create interactivity, discuss common questions and response techniques, and address any fears and worries. Together, we’ll sharpen our ability and perspective on farm law subjects. And our relationship won’t end after the last meeting! We will help you get your first presentation off the ground by providing editorial and technical support.
We commit to you, as well.
Your time is valuable, and we want to compensate you for investing in your capacity as an agriculture service provider. Participation in the Legal Ecosystem Fellowship program will take about 28 hours of your time between October and March. Each fellow receives an honorarium of $1400 for their time investment in this program.
We aim to see each Fellow lead a workshop or two in their community over the winter of 2023-2024. Let’s work together to make it happen!
Be sure to read the FAQ below and then: apply today! Application portal closes on August 8, 2023 and determinations will be sent shortly after August 14, 2023.
Have more questions before you apply? No problem- if the FAQ below doesn’t answer it, reach out to email@example.com for more information.
This program is supported by North Central SARE through a Professional Development Grant.