Do You Want to Farm?

Then this training program is for you! The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings http://www.farmbeginnings.org program is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 courses. The courses will be held in two locations: Hutchinson and Rochester, MN.

Farm Beginnings is a training program focused on getting more farmers on the land, farming sustainably. The 10-month program is intended for people of all ages interested in starting a farm business as well as established farmers pursuing a new farming enterprise. Farm Beginnings participants learn goal setting, financial planning, enterprise planning, marketing, sustainable farming methods and become connected to a supportive network of farmers and resource personnel.

Farm Beginnings classes run from late October 2011 to March 2012 (approximately two classes per month) and are led by farmers and other agriculture professionals. The in-class portion of the program is followed by an on-farm educational component that includes farm tours, field days and connection to the LSP Farmer Network. The course fee is $1500 for two people on the same farm enterprise (partial scholarships and flexible payment plans available). Interest–free livestock loans are also available for Farm Beginnings graduates.

The application deadline is August 1, 2011 and space is limited!

For more information on LSP’s Farm Beginnings course and to apply, please visit http://www.farmbeginnings.org or contact LSP’s Karen Benson at 507-523-3366 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            507-523-3366      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or lspse@landstewardshipproject.org.