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Farm Incubator Opportunities

Training and Mentorship

  • Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship - The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship of Grassworks, Inc., is dedicated to providing a guided pathway to independent dairy farm ownership, developing grazing careers, and strengthening the economic and environmental wellbeing of rural communities and the dairy industry. Laura Paine, Program Director PO Box 65 Medford, WI 54451 Phone: (608) 338-9039 
  • Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy FarmersThe school has been designed to provide the opportunity for motivated individuals to educate themselves about grass-based dairying. It is the only program of its kind in the nation, and your best resource for an education in grass-based dairying. We offer our specialized training through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, farm tours of our previous graduates’ grassbased dairies, and we strongly emphasize the business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful dairy business. Dick Cates, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems 1450 Linden Drive, UW-Madison Madison, WI 53706 Phone: (608) 712-2836 | Email
  • Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers - This three-day survey course aims to give students a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful smallscale produce operation—including capital, management, labor, and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, crop production, plant health, pest management, cover crops, equipment needs and labor considerations at different scales of operation, marketing, and economics. Three grower instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty and other specialists. John Hendrickson, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, 1450 Linden Drive, UW-Madison Madison, WI 53706 Phone: (608) 265-3704 
  • MOSES Mentorships - The MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs experienced organic farmers with transitioning organic farmers to promote the successful adoption of organic methods through one-on-one interaction. The mentoring program also pairs farmers with one or two years of farming experience that are interested in expanding into a new farm enterprise with mentors.
  • Michael Fields Agricultural InstituteAdvanced Whole Farm Workshops MFAI offers at least 10 intermediate-level Whole Farm Workshops in addition to the beginner-level Whole Farm Workshops that they have provided for many years. Examples of intermediate-level workshops are Beekeeping, the Second Year and Beyond, and FarmScale Composting.