New Farmer U in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin

New Farmer U

New Farmer U - Jumpstart your farm business at the all-in-one beginning farmer conference!

Dreaming of farming? Already have a couple of Schedule Fs under your belt? New Farmer U will help you learn the latest field and financial aspects of farming. Learn from experts, ask all your burning questions and network with peers in a small and supportive setting.

$125 for training, lodging & meals | $25 discount for farm partners
Add Fearless Farm Finances or Food Safety workshop to Friday for just $25!

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Scholarships are available! Apply here through September 15.

Choose from three locations/dates:

New Farmer U – Iowa | Nov. 10-12, 2017
Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, Montour, Iowa

New Farmer U – Illinois  | Dec. 8-10, 2017
Streator Baptist Camp, Streator, Illinois

New Farmer U – Wisconsin | April 2018
Location TBD
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 New Farmer U – Iowa | Nov. 10-12, 2017

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside are excited to partner with Practical Farmers of Iowa to bring New Farmer U to Iowa! Here’s a taste of our workshop topics and esteemed presenters:

  • Intro to Holistic Farm Management – Margaret Smith, Iowa State University
  • Farm Resiliency through Design – Keefe Keeley, Savanna Institute
  • Building a Resilient Marketing Plan – Jordan Clasen, Grade A Gardens
  • Finding and Accessing Markets – Jason Grimm, Grimm Family Farm + Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, Pin Oak Place, Milk & Honey + FarmTable Procurement & Delivery
  • Land Access and Financing – Jan Joannides, Brett Olson, Teresa Opheim, Renewing the Countryside
  • Farm Law – Stephen Carpenter, Farmers’ Legal Action Group
  • Organic Certification with Conservation – Harriet Behar, MOSES
  • Policy + Leadership – Nick Olson, Land Stewardship Project
  • Machinery 101 – Tom Manley, MOSES
  • Soil Fertility: Cover Crops, Weed and Pest Management – Andy and Melissa Dunham, Grinnell Heritage Farm
  • Prioritizing Infrastructure Upgrades – Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl, Woven Strong Farm
  • How to Integrate a Second Enterprise – Eric and Ann Franzenburg, Pheasant Run Farm
  • Pack Shed Design including Harvest/Post-Harvest Food Safety – Jason Grimm, Grimm Family Farm + Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development

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New Farmer U – Illinois | Dec. 8-10, 2017

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside are excited to partner with Angelic Organics Learning Center to bring New Farmer U to Illinois! Here’s a taste of our workshop topics and esteemed presenters:

  • Intro to Holistic Farm Management – Mallory Kreiger, The Land Connection
  • Building a Resilient Marketing Plan – Andy Hazzard, Hazzard Free Farm
  • Market Infrastructure – Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension
  • Land Access and Financing – Jan Joannides, Brett Olson, Teresa Opheim, Renewing the Countryside, Nathan Aaberg, Liberty Prairie Foundation
  • Farm Resiliency through Design – Keefe Keeley, Savanna Institute
  • Farm Finance Grab Bag – Peg Sheaffer, Angelic Organics Learning Center
  • Farm Law – Stephen Carpenter, Farmers’ Legal Action Group
  • Organic Certification with Conservation – Harriet Behar, MOSES
  • Policy + Leadership – Nick Olson, Land Stewardship Project
  • Machinery 101 – Tom Manley, MOSES
  • Soil Fertility: Cover Crops, Weed and Pest Management – Grant McCarty, University of Illinois Extension
  • The Lowdown on Start-up Organic Vegetable Production – Claire Strader, University of Wisconsin
  • Holistic Pasture Management – Jacob Marty, Green Fire Farm

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New Farmer U – Wisconsin | April 2018

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside are excited to partner with Land Stewardship Project to bring New Farmer U home to Wisconsin! Stay tuned for details on location, workshop topics and presenters.
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New Farmer U kicks off Friday night with beginning farmer networking opportunities, and goes through Saturday and Sunday. The weekend training includes your choice of 90-minute hands-on workshops and round table discussions, as well as local and organic food, dorm-style lodging, and social networking fun. Saturday’s general session includes a panel of regional farmers in their first ten years of farming answering the question, “What would you do differently and keep the same in your first five years?” NFU also includes an exhibit hall of helpful folks with resources and relevant information for beginning farmers.

Join us to jump-start your farm!

Email Jennifer Nelson, jennifer@mosesorganic.org for more info.
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New Farmer U is supported by NIFA, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2015-70017-24092).

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