Applications for the 2016-2017 have closed.
Please check back in April for information on the 2017-2018 course.
Before starting your application, please read the instructions below.
As part of your application, you will need to attach a one page personal statement describing what sustainability means to you, why you care about sustainability, and how you plan to incorporate sustainable practices on your current or future farm. We recommend preparing this statement ahead of time, as there is no way to save a partially complete application. Please save your personal statement as a Word or PDF document and use the filename CIFB_personal_statement_Lastname_Firstname.
All applicants must provide two references, one personal and one professional. References may be submitted online here. Your application will not be considered complete until we have received both references.
The application fee for Central Illinois Farm Beginnings is $50. You will be provided a link to pay this fee when you submit the application, and it must be paid before we begin reviewing your application. Please note that up to two people from the same family or farm business may apply for the program while paying just one application fee.
Tuition for Central Illinois Farm Beginnings is $1350.00. Please note that up to two people from the same family or farm business may participate in the program for each accepted application without any increase in tuition or application fee.
Partial scholarships are available. In order to be considered for a scholarship, please submit your application (including references) and attach a statement of need in the provided section. We recommend preparing your statement of need ahead of time as there is no way to save a partially complete application. Please save your statement of need as a Word or PDF document and use the filename CIFB_statement_of_need_Lastname_Firstname.