Beginner Farmer Education Resources

Name of Program and Organization Level of Instruction Type and General Timeframe Cost

(Accessed Nov. 2018)

Topics Emphasized Web link
Farm DREAMS

Land Stewardship Project

Novice 4 Hour Workshop Held Multiple Times Throughout the Year $20-40 (includes 2 people) Farm Visioning https://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/farmdreams
Stateline Farm Beginnings

Angelic Organics Learning Center

Novice to Beginner Year-Long Program with Winter Business Planning Workshops (Saturdays), One-on-one Mentorships, and Field Day Workshops $1,500 (payment plan & scholarships available) Farm Visioning, Accessing Land, Accessing Markets, Business Planning, Farm Finances, Farm Law, Production Training https://www.learngrowconnect.org/SFB
Field School

Community Groundworks

Novice to Beginner Season long internship, Monday-Friday from April-October Free, with compensation at $9/hr , 28-35 hrs/week Urban agriculture, youth garden-based education, production techniques, business management, community engagement https://www.communitygroundworks.org/get-involved/internship_opportunities
Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Novice to Beginner Intensive 3 Day Course in January or February $315-345 (some $100 scholarships available) Production Training, Financing, Business Management, Farm Finances, Access to Markets, Interpersonal Communication https://www.cias.wisc.edu/wisconsin-school-for-beginning-market-growers/
New Farmer U

MOSES

Novice to Beginner Weekend Long Conference $125 Production training, Land access, Access to Markets, Business Planning, Financing, Farm Law https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/
Fearless Farm Finances

MOSES

Novice to Beginner 1 Day Intensive Training $50 Farm Finances https://mosesorganic.org/events/fearless-farm-finances-workshop/
Madison Farm and Industry Short Course

University of Wisconsin

Novice to Beginner 16 Week, Hands-On Courses ~ $487.50 per credit Business Planning, Production Training, Farm Law, Access to Markets, Farm Finances, Urban Agriculture http://guide.wisc.edu/nondegree/shortcourse/
Farmshed Novice to Beginner 1 Day Workshops Free-$20 Production Training, Market Access https://www.farmshed.org/events/
Southwest Badger: Resource Conservation and Development Council Novice to Beginner 1 Day Workshops and Field Days Free-$50 Production Training, Farm Finances https://www.swbadger.org/news–events.html
Growing for Future National Farmers Union Beginner to Novice Yearly 4 day online conference Free Production Training, Farm Finances, Food Safety https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/
Farm Beginning

Land Stewardship Project

Beginner 1 Year Training in Farmer-Led Classroom Sessions and On-Farm Tours $1,500 (Payment plan & partial scholarships available) Farm Visioning, Production Training, Business Management, Market Access, Farm Finances https://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/farmbeginningsclass
Land Access Workshop for Beginning Farmers

Land Stewardship Project

Beginner 1 Day Intensive Training Free Land Access, Farm Finances https://landstewardshipproject.org/events/item/1223
New Farmer Project Webinars

University of Vermont

Novice to Proficient Webinars Free Production training, Market Access, Farm Finances, Business Planning, Land Access, Farm Law http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/index.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html
Organic University Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service MOSES Novice to Proficient 1 Day Intensive Training Before MOSES Conference in Early Spring $100-125 Production Training, Interpersonal Communication, Access to Markets, Land Access, Farm Finances, Farm Law, Business Planning, Food Safety https://mosesorganic.org/organic-university/
CRAFT Farmer Field Days

Angelic Organics Learning Center

Novice to Proficient Field Days Free for members, $20 for non-members Production Training, Intrapersonal Communication, Business Planning, Food Safety https://www.learngrowconnect.org/field
Farm Commons Novice to Proficient Online Webinars, Farm Law Guides & Models, Podcast, Online Courses, Video Trainings Free Farm Law, Food Safety https://farmcommons.org/
Small Farms Program

Cornell University

Novice to Proficient 5-7 Week Online Courses with live webinars and online discussion $200-250 per course Production Training, Access to Markets, Business Planning, Farm Finances https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/
FairShare CSA Coalition Novice to Proficient 1 Day Intensive Trainings Free to $20 Production Training, Farm Finances, Business Planning https://www.csacoalition.org/events-calendar/
Farminars
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Beginner to Proficient Online 90 minute webinars, November – March Free Production and business topics, all enterprises https://www.practicalfarmers.org/news-events/events/farminars/
Journeyperson Course

Land Stewardship Project

Advanced to Proficient 2 Year Course with Weekend Planning Retreats, Financial Advisors, and One-on-One Mentoring $1,200 with opportunities for scholarships Business Planning, Farm Finances, Financing, Production Training, Interpersonal Communications https://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/lspjourneypersonfarmtrainingcourse