Farm Beginnings Early Bird Discount Deadline

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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.

Farm Beginnings sessions will take place in an online setting December through February. The class cost is $1,000, which covers up to two individuals per farm. Applications are due September 15, 2021, and applications that are received before August 15 (and accepted) will receive a $100 discount. More information and application materials can be found here or by contacting Annelie Livingston-Anderson at 612-217-0553 or Scholarships are available as well as a Minnesota Beginning Farmer Tax Credit for the cost of the class (Minnesota residents).