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Central Illinois Farm Beginnings


What: a training program for those committed to creating a sustainable farm business

Why: to provide the best resources for starting your own farm business

Who: people who are ready to make a serious plan for starting a farm

Where: Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, Champaign, Illinois

When: All year, starting on October 17, 2015

Central Illinois Farm Beginnings (CIFB) provides farmer training through:

CIFB will help you:

  • Craft a detailed business plan for your farm, including your vision, mission, goals, and marketing and finance strategies
  • Tap into the knowledge of innovative and skilled farmers 
  • Access opportunities for land and equipment use 
  • Receive mentoring from a farmer engaged in a similar enterprise
  • Develop lasting relationships with many beginning and experienced farmers, plus a wide range of relevant professionals, including USDA specialists, farmers market managers, accountants, and attorneys

Interested in joining our next CIFB class? Visit our Apply Now page for more details. Registration opens June 1.

Want to learn more? Contact our farmer training program manager, Jeff Hake, at

Refund policy: The Central Illinois Farm Beginnings application fee is non-refundable. Tuition is refundable under special circumstances to be determined on an individual basis with the farmer training program manager.