UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
NEW! Mentorship program - Applications now open!
Marketing and Booth Design for the Farmers' Market - February 28, 2017 (Springfield)
Money Matters at the Farmers' Market - March 9, 2017 (Champaign) & March 23, 2017 (Springfield)
Direct Marketing Success with Atina Diffley - March 29, 2017
Post-Harvest Handling with Atina Diffley - March 30, 2017
Central Illinois Farm Beginnings - Classes underway; check back in April for information about the 2017-2018 program!
We need more farmers!
Successful, sustainable farmers can lead the way to a future of healthy food, restored environments, and equitable economies. The Land Connection offers a spectrum of programs that provide the training, support, and community connections farmers need to succeed.
Fantasized about having a farm of your own some day? Check out our Farm Dreams workshops.
Ready to start a farm business and want to lay a solid foundation for its success? Our Farm Beginnings course is the training you need.
Have additional questions? Take a look through the tabs on the left-hand side of this page, or write to Mallory Krieger, our farmer training program manager, at email@example.com.
Our teaching philosophy
In designing our training programs, we follow the mantra "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” We strive to give our students access to learning in the classroom, in the field, and in their hands.
We take advantage of our greatest educational assets: the people actually doing the work. If you come to us to learn about growing large-scale organic grains, we bring in a farmer who has 2000 acres of certified organic grains. If you need to know more about legal issues for farmers, we bring in a lawyer who has dedicated her life to those issues. If you want to know how to raise your own honeybees without chemical treatments, we bring in the guy who is innovating those practices in Illinois.
And finally, we provide resources to put you in charge of your own learning. From video tutorials to printed resources to access to other training programs from around the country, we empower you to learn and grow.
PAST WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
PrairiErth Farm Field Day - September 6, 2016
Managing Risk in Organic Grain Marketing - September 8, 2016
Savanna Institute Workshop - September 10
Managing Financial Risk in Organic Grain Farming - December 8, 2016
Marketing Strategies for Specialty Crops and Diversified Farms - January 26, 2017
Farm Scale Seed Starting Workshop - February 9, 2017
Money to Grow: FSA Programs for Beginning Farmers Workshop - February 11, 2017
Beyond Production: Growing the Organic Grain Industry - February 16, 2017
Marketing and Booth Design for the Farmers' Market - February 20, 2017 (Champaign)