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Each week our Stateline Farm Beginnings® (SFB) class is fortunate enough to have guest speakers come and discuss their farming experience, first-hand. During the third session of SFB, on November 9th, the course topic was land access. We had several farmers come and give detailed accounts of how their farms’ each gained access to land. One of the farmer speakers, Chris Prchal of Trogg’s Hollow in Poplar Grove, Illinois provided the class with transparent and honest information which I and several others in class appreciated. 

Trogg’s Hollow CSA and Market Farm is a family-owned and...

In Baraboo, Wisconsin, a short walk outside of Devil’s Lake State Park, lives Little Society Farm, a farm started in 2017 by Brad Wissmueller and Eleanor Johnson. Inspired by the ending of Voltaire’s Candide--which concludes with a small group of people realizing life is better with 20 acres and cooperation among everyone--Brad and Eleanor bought 20 acres and began work on making their dreams of being full-time farmers come true.

Neither Brad or Eleanor grew up around farming or studied it in college. It was an interest they picked up later in life. Brad’s former workplace had...

In Elkhorn Wisconsin, Tim Huth’s farm, LotFotL (Living Off The Fat Of The Land) Community Farm, is wrapping up its 11th year of production. LotFotL raises organically-fed and pastured hogs, grows organic vegetables and row crops plus obtains and distributes many different natural and organic foodstuffs. These goods are then distributed via a 150 member CSA and an additional 50 through their ‘Choice CSA program,’ which allows members to customize their CSA box to fit what works for them. The vision for LotFotL hasn’t changed much over the years, but their...

Karolina Kowalczyk grew up in a small town in Poland where most people around her “farmed, kept livestock, and were self-sufficient,” which created a sense of community. It was this environment that gave her a love of growing food to share with other people. Karolina began her farm dream by taking Angelic Organics Learning Center’s yearlong farm business planning course, Stateline Farm Beginnings (SFB). She graduates from the program next month and has been working hard to make her farm dream a reality —  working nearly fourteen hours a day, seven days a week.

Her farm...

I drive out to a remote part of the City of Beloit, Wisconsin one breezy summer evening to talk to Ben and Meghan Snare. I walk into their house—a renovated farm house—and begin setting up my gear while they get their children ready for bed. We sit down at their kitchen table, the warm glow of a cloudy sunset pouring into their home.

Despite growing up around farms, they didn’t have much experience in farming; in fact both went on to take full-time jobs in the tech industry located in the suburbs of...

You don't need to wait for CSA Day. Check out our partner discounts and sign up today!

National CSA Day is February 23, 2018. Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs, are just that. You, the community member, buys a share of agricultural product. When you buy early in the year, it helps the farmer (or fisherman) invest in the production season. Thus, discounts that encourage sign-ups are plentiful this time of year!

Over the past two years, Cliff McConville, owner of All Grass Farms, has supported his employees in pursuing their farm dreams by sending them to Stateline Farm Beginnings...

AJ Weis’ farm story begins at an early age. He grew up on his family’s farm, a conventional row crop farm in Burlington, WI, before attending University of Wisconsin-Madison...

It is a warm and windy June afternoon when I give Stateline Farm Beginnings graduate Vanessa Quiñones a call to learn her farm story. Vanessa started The Victory Garden Farm in Fredonia, WI after graduating from the Stateline Farm Beginnings program in the fall of 2015. She also balances an off-farm job as a massage therapist with farming the land she shares with......

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...

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