Apply today for Stateline Farm Beginnings and launch or expand your farm business! This yearlong training program helps WI and IL farmers evaluate and refine their farm business, 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. Learn from some of the most innovative farmers and experts in the Midwest while attending seminars and field days, engaging in a one-on-one mentorship with an established farmer, and creating lifelong friendships within a new farming network.
- Winter Course Sessions (October 2017 - March 2018)
- 10 sessions of the farm business planning
- Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Days (April - October 2018)
- Training events at sustainable farms in northern IL and southern WI
- One-on-One Mentoring (April - October 2018)
- Pairing with a farmer-mentor on a case-by-case basis
- Last Session & Graduation Event (September 2018)
- Share summer-time experiences and celebrate the completion of the course!
Stateline Farm Beginnings is a yearlong program designed to help launch or expand your farm business. Students learn sustainable farming practices used on real farms, develop a tailor-madefarming/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 while creating lifelong friendships within a new farming network. The program also offers opportunities to access land and equipment.
Stateline Farm Beginnings attracts both rural and urban participants from Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee, Madison - and everywhere in between. We also encourage veterans to apply! Our graduates have also launched more than 55 new sustainable farms (read Graduate Profiles) in our region. Stateline Farm Beginnings is part of the Farm Beginnings Collaborative. The Farm Beginnings model is emerging as the most effective way to increase the number of beginning farmers building food and farm economies that are green, fair, and healthy. Farm Beginnings is approved as an educational provider through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Completion of this course fulfills the educational requirements for FSA loan applicants.