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The 2017 season has begun and Upper Midwest CRAFT has already facilitated three successful field days! John Hendrickson’s topic of Managing for Profitability (with the added bonus of an equipment demonstration from Alabama-based Oggún Tractor) gathered 12 participants on...

Angelic Organics Learning Center is now accepting applications for the fourth year of its Farm Asset Builder program. Farmers who are accepted into Farm Asset Builder will receive a dollar-for-dollar match for every dollar saved up to $2,000. In addition, farmers will receive one-on-one technical assistance to develop their business...

By Shelbie Blank, Farmer Training Program Manager

My Mom, Caren, and I were driving along the Illinois and Wisconsin border when it started pouring. We were en route to Grassroots Farm in Monroe, WI to learn about Lindsey Morris Carpenter’s farm. This was my first CRAFT field day since I moved back from Arizona and I was really excited to get back...

All things farm-labor related were discussed at LotFotL Community Farm on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016. The small group of 7 CRAFT members joined Tim Huth, owner of LotFotL and farmer of 10 years, to hash out many workforce issues of the day. What ensued was a very informal, wide ranging discussion. Some of the notable topics brought up included legalities in hiring and firing workers, strategies in finding good help, 4 season employee retention, prevailing wage considerations, and many other things of this nature. With most of the attendees being newer or brand new farmers, a lot of the discussion...


Routes2Farm.org presented award at Good Food Festival & Conference, Chicago

The 12th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference brought farmers, chefs, educators, legislators, entrepreneurs, and consumers together at UIC Forum, March 24-26, 2016. It also hosted the 4th Annual Beginning Farmer of the Year award presentation on March 25. Originated by the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance, this award is now presented by Routes to Farm, a new project led by Angelic Organics Learning Center that connects both new and established farmers to farmer-vetted resources that help grow their businesses in the local and sustainable...

Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance launched the Beginning Farmer of the Year in 2013 in order to celebrate and promote new sustainable farmers. The winner of this award then honors an experienced farmer (the Mentor Farmer of the Year) who generously mentored them. These awards are now sponsored by Routes to Farm and the farmer alliances of the greater Chicago foodshed. Winners get cash, recognition at Good Food Festival, and more! Nominations are due by January 31st!

John and Lisa bought their 5-acre farm 19 years ago for $123,000. Before that, they were working for an advertising agency in downtown Chicago. They taught themselves to farm using books from the Rodale Institute and other resources, and by the fifth year they were selling vegetables for a profit. Their original goal was to be fossil fuel–free...

Our journey started early September 19. The Learning Center was one of many food & farm non-profits asked to set up shop in the “Homegrown Village” on Northerly Island. The prior week's rain made for muddy conditions, but the sun shone the entire time, as if to say...

Applications still available for the 2015-16 Stateline Farm Beginnings! Check out our FANTASTIC new video and learn more about the course, as well as its impact on graduates...

By Bill Ladd-Cawthorne

It was a beautiful day to talk about soil fertility on Tuesday, August 11, at Sandhill Family Farms in Grayslake and Radical Root Farm in Libertyville, IL...

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