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Farm Dreams 2018



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The Farm Dreams workshop helps people determine if they are ready to start a farm business. Through farm tours, conversation with successful farmers, self-assessment exercises, and other activities, participants leave the workshop with a better understanding of their farm readiness and next steps to realizing their dream.

“The Farm Dreams Workshop was the first time I articulated out loud my plan to become a farmer in front of other people, and the kinds of guiding questions and discussions we had helped me move from an  interior, imagined idea of farming to something much more concrete--and therefore much more doable.”  - Katie Kenney, Stone Court Farm

What if I decide I’m ready to start farming?

That’s great! From here, there are a few options. You may feel ready to start writing a business plan and hit the ground running, but if you want guidance and training in that process, we suggest our Farm Beginnings course. Farm Beginnings guides you through the process of creating a farm business plan and connects you with the mentorship and resources you need to maximize your chance of success.

What if I decide I’m not ready to start farming?

That’s okay! Farming is not for everyone. If you are not ready to start a farm, then you shouldn’t. This workshop is about thorough decision-making and good outcomes.


Registration costs $30 and includes a light supper and the Farm Dreams Handbook.

Questions can be sent to or by calling 217-840-2128.

Sola Gratia

Traci Barkley
September 10, 5:30-9:00pm | Urbana, IL

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Traci barkley

Sola Gratia | Urbana, IL

Traci is the Executive Director of Sola Gratia Farm, a urban, community-based farm dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality, natural produce. The farm is committed to helping those who lack adequate food resources by donating a minimum of ten percent of its produce to support regional hunger programs.  The farm promotes healthy lifestyles and community building through volunteering and service, special events and outreach and education programs. She operates a CSA, as well as selling produce at area farmers markets and grocery stores.



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