Beginning Farmer Program Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 Course

Farm Beginnings Marks Over 2 Decades of Training Ag’s Next Generation

LEWISTON, Minn. — One of the most successful beginning farmer training programs in the country is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 course session. Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings classes will take place in an online setting December through March, with on-farm educational events to follow later in 2022. The class fee is $1,000, which covers up to two individuals per farm. Applications are due Sept. 15, and applications that are accepted before Aug. 15 will qualify for a $100 discount. Scholarships are available as well as a Minnesota Beginning Farmer Tax Credit for the cost of the class. More information and application materials can be found at www.farmbeginnings.org or by contacting Farm Beginnings organizer Annelie Livingston-Anderson at 612-217-0553, annelie@landstewardshipproject.org.

For over two decades, Farm Beginnings has been providing community-based training that focuses on the goal setting, marketing, and financial skills needed to establish a successful and sustainable farm business in the Upper Midwest. The course uses a mix of farmer-led sessions and an extensive farmer network, coupled with practical, on-farm training experiences. More than 1,000 people from the Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa region have completed the Farm Beginnings course.

“Farm Beginnings creates thriving family farms by providing a place for people to name their vision, acquire the tools and instruction they need to make it happen, and develop a community of support to help them succeed,” said Livingston-Anderson.

Applicants from Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa will be given priority. If you are located elsewhere, check out the Farm Beginnings Collaborative website at http://farmbeginningscollaborative.org to determine if there is a community organization near you offering Farm Beginnings.

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