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Upper Midwest CRAFT

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Our Farmer Training Alliance

Upper Midwest CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a farmer-led training alliance organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. Farmers offer their time, talents and expertise to help prepare the next generation of farmers. We welcome all levels of experience, whether you’ve never farmed before, you seek advanced training, or you’re transitioning to sustainable agriculture.


Membership offers up to 12 FREE field day workshops per year. You’ll gain topic-specific production knowledge, hands-on learning, collaboration opportunities and lifelong friendships from a supportive alliance of sustainable farmers. You'll also receive publicity in our handbook & website which includes our farm directory, access to our 200 member list serv, a subscription to our weekly e-newsletter of local farm happenings, and discounted rates on Angelic Organics Learning Center and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute sponsored-workshops. Veterans contact us to receive free membership!

  • Farm Membership $50 per year
    (for those with land or a farm business)
  • Friend Membership $70 per year
    (for those interested in farming or those who want to support the alliance)

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    The first CRAFT program was founded in upstate New York in 1995. In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded the second program in the United States - Upper Midwest CRAFT. Since then, the alliance has become one of the leading efforts to train the next generation of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farmers. Graduates, who now lead dozens of new local farms, are trained by some of the most accomplished farmers in the Midwest. More than 85 sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin belong to the Upper Midwest CRAFT. Coordination is provided by Angelic Organics Learning Center. Our farms are regularly featured in local media such as this article in Stateline News.



    Email us or call 815-389-8455. Not from our region? Try to find a CRAFT organization near you!