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:
- Nine full-day seminars on business and enterprise planning. Presenters include successful farmers, business people, and experts from the University of Illinois and USDA. The seminars are held at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, Illinois on Saturdays from October-March.
- Field days and workshops offered through The Land Connection and the Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network, which provide hands-on instruction in farmer-identified areas of need (March–November).
- Mentorships that give every CIFB participant the opportunity to engage in a season-long relationship with an experienced local farmer (March-September).
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 email@example.com.
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.