Farm Beginnings® is a training course for farmers who would like to launch their own business. The course is taught by a network of local farmers using sustainable agriculture practices, and focused on creating and achieving a business plan.
Farm Beginnings was started in Minnesota by The Land Stewardship Project as an effort to ensure a new generation of farmers would be ready to continue farming as the older generations retire. Since it’s creation, Farm Beginnings has blossomed into several programs across the midwest and northeastern regions. We are the collaboration of programs servicing the state of Illinois. We are made up of Stateline Farm Beginnings (encompassing Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin), Central Illinois Farm Beginnings, and Southern Illinois Farm Beginnings. Each program operates independently in a different area of Illinois and the surrounding states. Classes start in the fall with financial planning, and transition into hands-on field days and a one-on-one mentorships over the summer.
These courses will help you develop management, financial and marketing skills with a network of experienced farmers to help you succeed. Whether you have started to farm your land already or you are still a couple years away from realizing your dream, our Illinois Farm Beginnings programs are dedicated to supporting young, sustainable farms.