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How do I become a Beginning Farmer?

Sign up for Farm Beginnings

Stateline Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led training and support program designed to help people plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Since 2005, graduates of the program have launched more than 55 new sustainable farms in our region!

Farmer training and Stateline Farm Beginnings consist of:

  • Tap into the knowledge of some of the most innovative and skilled farmers operating in the Midwest.
  • Develop lifelong friendships and networks with other beginning farmers.
  • Learn critical farm management skills such as creative financing and innovative marketing strategies.
  • Receive mentoring from a farmer engaged in a similar enterprise.
  • See sustainable farming practices being used on real farms under a variety of conditions.
  • Learn to view a farm as an interconnected system and learn how goals determine farming practices.
  • Access opportunities for land and equipment use and/or rental.
  • Craft a tailor-made farming/business plan.

The three components of Stateline Farm Beginnings:

Farmer led coursework, on-farm workshops, and one-on-one advising
  • Winter course (October to March): ten business planning sessions from that focus on goal-setting and planning for profit.
  • Training events (April to October): monthly CRAFT field day workshops at sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
  • Advising from a successful sustainable farmer in your field of interest. Advising arrangements are flexible, taking employment and family situations into account. Students may or may not be paid, depending on the agreement between the adviser and advisee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stateline Farm Beginnings Cirriculum

Stateline Farm Beginnings Informational Flyer

Stateline Farm Beginnings Application Materials

Stateline Farm Beginnings Graduate Profiles

Farm Beginnings Collaborative

Not ready to start your farm business yet but want to get involved in a farmer network now?

Consider joining CRAFT. CRAFT members get first notification when the application period begins each July.

For more information on our beginning farmer training program, or to receive notifications about future Stateline Farm Beginnings courses, contact Sheri Doyel, Program Facilitator, at 815-389-6513 or email.