Stateline Farm Beginnings Farmer Training Program

Farmer Training Program

Farmer Training program serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin launches 12th year

Stateline Farm Beginnings 2016-2017 Applications Available!

“Stateline Farm Beginnings made us realistically look at farming as a business instead of a lifestyle. And we realize that we can eventually have both!” - Angie Mitchell 3 Flat Acres Early Bird Discount Available thru September 1! Classes begin October 8, 2016. Stateline Farm Beginnings® is a farmer-led training and support program that includes on-farm workshops, coursework, and one-on-one mentoring designed to help people plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Our program has graduated more than 250 sustainable farmers since 2016! We welcome you into a vibrant farmer alliance. Your farmer training program tuition includes a yearlong membership to Upper Midwest C.R.A.F.T (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) – the most robust network of sustainable farms in the region. You benefit from real farmers teaching farm business planning. Get real-world, practical, and specialized knowledge from the farmers leading the local food movement in the Upper Midwest. We focus exclusively on sustainable agriculture. Examples used in class are solely from Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farm operations. We leverage knowledge from across the country. Our staff collaborate with ten other Farm Beginnings programs to augment local resources with expertise from across the country through the national Farm Beginnings Collaborative. We give you access to advanced farmer training programs. Graduates that start or continue farm businesses can qualify to apply for additional resources offered by Angelic Organics Learning Center. Visit LearnGrowConnect.org/SFB to apply or learn more. You can also email us at farmertraining@learngrowconnect.org. Stateline Farm Beginnings is a yearlong training course designed to help you launch or expand your farming business. Students learn sustainable farming practices used on real farms, develop a tailor-made farming/business plan, and begin to view the farm as an interconnected system. Students also gain knowledge from some of the most innovative farmers and experts in the Midwest, and create lifelong friendships within a new farming network. Stateline Farm Beginnings also offers opportunities to access land and equipment. Our program attracts both rural and urban participants, with students from Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee, Madison, and other nearby communities.

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