New to Farming

Examine the requirements of this rigorous but rewarding life

"The Farm Beginnings Collaborative is a national alliance of independent regional groups of farmers and farmer-training support organizations working together to promote Farm Beginnings, a farmer training model that is community based, rooted in sustainable principles, and farmer led." As of the summer of 2014, it is available in Illinois, SW In

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A short, six step guide to starting a farm in Northeast Ohio with suggestions that might apply to any locality.

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If you are thinking about farming as a career, the eight lessons in this course will guide you through the process of imagining and planning a successful farming enterprise. Topics covered include goal setting, assessing skills, land access, marketing, record keeping, financing, risk management, and business plans.

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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.

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream is designed to help aspiring farmers learn what it takes to start and manage a commercial agricultural businesses, and decide whether this is a path they really want to take. Both in person courses (offered in limited locations) or a workbook (for purchase) to work through on your own are offered.

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This site offers tutorials, videos, and links to people who can help you develop your farm plans.

Work through the following topics in order to get a solid foundation for your farm plans. Complete the online worksheets in the tutorials to apply concepts to your situation and create a written farm plan.

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