Application Deadline for LSP's Farm Beginnings Course

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The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings Program is marking its second decade of providing firsthand training in low-cost, sustainable methods of farm management. Over the years, more than 860 people have graduated from the Minnesota-Wisconsin region Farm Beginnings course. Graduates are involved in a wide-range of enterprises, including grass-based livestock, organic vegetables, Community Supported Agriculture, and specialty products.

The course is for people just getting started in farming, as well as established farmers looking to make changes in their operations. Farm Beginnings participants learn goal setting, financial and enterprise planning, and innovative marketing techniques. This 12-month course provides training and hands-on learning opportunities in the form of regular classroom sessions, as well as farm tours, field days, workshops, and access to an extensive farmer network. Classes are led by farmers and other agricultural professionals.

The next set of classes will run from November 2021 until March 2022, followed by an on-farm component that includes farm tours and skills sessions. Completion of the course fulfills the educational requirements needed for USDA Farm Service Agency loans and the Minnesota Beginning Farmer Tax Credit; for more information on the tax credit, see www.landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/beginningfarmertaxcredit.

For more information on the Farm Beginnings course, see www.landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/farmbeginningsclass. You can also get details from LSP’s Annelie Livingston-Anderson at 507-523-3366 or annelie@landstewardshipproject.org.