Learning Opportunities for Beginning Farmers in Illinois, 2011On-Farm Programs: September is a wonderful month to visit Angelic Organics farm! We have a fun-filled month planned for visitors including a Family Farm Overnight on September 3-4, and many exciting food programs including Fresh Food from the Farm for Preschoolers on September 9, Winemaking on September 18, Handmade Pasta on September 18, and Cheesemaking 2: Hard Cheeses on September 25. Check out a complete list of September programs here. Farm Beginnings Applications Due Sept. 1st: The Learning Center is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Stateline Farm Beginnings® program. Led by successful farmers, the program is designed to help beginning and transitioning farmers plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Since 2005, Stateline Farm Beginnings has produced over 100 graduates, 60 percent of whom have launched more than 35 new sustainable farms in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region. The program is led by farmers of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) and administered by AOLC. For more information on how to apply, visit the website. Read a success story from a Stateline Farm Beginnings® graduate.