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Central Illinois Farm Beginnings - Applications for the 2017-2018 program are now open!


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.

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

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.