Upcoming Beginning Farmer Training Programs and Courses, 2013See below for possible beginning farmer training programs or short courses in your area. If you do not see a program listed in your locale below, consider visiting the Beginning Farmer Training Programs page here at www.beginningfarmers.org. * The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings (Minnesota) This course has been expanded to offer classes in a third location for 2013-2014. In addition to offering the courses in Winona and Saint Cloud, Farm Beginnings will hold a third class in the northeast Minnesota community of Esko, beginning this fall. The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Learn more and register here. * Preparing a New Generation of Fruit and Vegetable Farmers (Illinois) Aspiring Illinois farmers, new growers with less than five years experience, commodity farmers interested in diversifying to include fruit or vegetable production, and high school and community college agriculture teachers are invited to apply now for the next session of a free training program offered through the University of Illinois crop sciences department. The application period will be open through October 15, 2013, or until capacity is reached. Learn more here. * Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation, Part II (Maryland) University of Maryland Extension faculty members will offer a short course series, Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation, Part II on Thursday evenings from September 5 through October 17. This seven-week, 14-hour course is designed to provide the basic knowledge needed by new and inexperienced farmers as they begin the process of developing new farm enterprises. Learn more here. * Vermont New Farmer Project: Growing Places (Vermont) The Vermont New Farmer Project of the University of Vermont Extension is offering a four-session course of farm business classes, Growing Places, for aspiring and start-up farmers. Registration is open through September 22, 2013. Learn more here.