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Central Illinois Farm Beginnings

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? We host Farm Dreams workshops each summer to help you explore your options.

  • 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

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.


Upcoming Field Days and Workshops

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Applications for the 2017-2018 CIFB program are now open!



November 2, 2017, 9am-4pm in Sullivan, IL

Cover crops are an essential tool for increasing soil health in row crop production systems. Discover how the use of multi-species cover crop mixes can amplify the benefits to the health of cash crops, the soil, and the farm environment. Join us at Two Mile Creek Organic Farm for a day filled with field tours, an equipment showcase, and respected speakers.


Check back soon for our winter programming!


Refund policy: Registration fees for all field days and workshops are non-refundable. If a program is cancelled by The Land Connection, all fees will be refunded.