The Technical Assistance Pool is an accumulation of specialists who have skills and/or expertise they would like to share with beginning and transitioning farmers to improve the economic viability of sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded the Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), the second CRAFT program in the U.S. Since then, the alliance has become one of the leading efforts to train the next generation of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farmers.
The Wisconsim Housing and Economic Development Authority Farm Asset Reinvestment Management guarantee (FARM) is a loan guarantee for agricultural producers who want to start, expand or modernize their operations.
"The Organic and Sustainable Experiential Learning for Beginning Farmers project will provide a new level of experiential education, training and support to increase the adoption of organic and sustainable farming practices, especially among beginning and/or young farmers.
PROGRAM NO LONGER RUNNING The Sowing the Seeds of Hope program (1999-2010) provided behavioral health services to uninsured, underinsured and other at-risk farm and ranch families and agricultural workers. Seven states (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) formed the regional program in 1999.
An interactive workshop, covering types of sustainable farming careers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, with a series of self-assessments to help be better prepared to decide whether to pursue a farming business is the right choice for you.