We’re Midwesterners, so we don’t always like to talk about money - but it’s critical to have frank, open conversations about farm finances and business development. PIFF wants to make these conversations normal, hopeful, and regular…because we can only keep farming if we can make a living farming.
As we launch PIFF, we’re taking time to listen to underheard farmers and food system advocates. We want to see if and how PIFF can try to serve these Hoosiers’ needs, and work alongside them for a stronger food system in Indiana.
FOOD SYSTEM LEADERS
PIFF wants to serve Indiana’s food system leaders - but we’re still figuring out how to do this. Food systems are complex, and we know that we must move at the speed of trust. We’ve started building connections, but we don’t want to rush into this critical work. In 2023, we will use our strategic planning process and our Focus Groups to identify ways that PIFF can help serve food system leaders. Many of you are already working hard to improve Indiana’s food system. We hope to support you, encourage collaboration and cross pollination, and help fill in any gaps that exist.
Our Mentorship program pairs beginning and experienced farmers. Why? In the Fall of 2021, we surveyed farmers ahead of our organizational launch. When we asked about what programs or events farmers wanted (field days, an apprenticeship program, etc.), the #1 thing that farmers asked for was a mentorship program. We listened. Thanks to grant support from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, PIFF and the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition are piloting a mentorship program in 2023 and 2024. Our first round of 10 Mentor/Mentee pairs is meeting from July-November 2023. We will start accepting applications for the Winter 2023-24 round of the Mentorship soon. Here’s how the program works: