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LSP’s Farm Beginnings courses

Classes for farmers

Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program works to get more successful farmers on the land and organize for an agricultural system in which family farmers can flourish. Do you want to farm and be a part of this change? This training program is for you! The Land Stewardship Project’s (LSP) Farm Beginnings program is now accepting applications for the 2014–2015 courses ( Classes will be held in three locations: Watertown, MN; La Crosse, WI; and Ashland, WI.

Farm Beginnings is a training program focused on getting more farmers on the land, farming sustainably. The year-long program is intended for people of all ages interested in starting a farm business as well as established farmers pursuing a new farming enterprise. Farm Beginnings participants learn goal setting, financial planning, enterprise planning, marketing, and sustainable farming methods and become connected to a supportive network of farmers and resource personnel.

Farm Beginnings classroom sessions run from late October 2014 to April 2015 (approximately two classes per month) and are led by farmers and other agriculture professionals. The in-class portion of the program is followed by an on-farm educational component that includes farm tours, field days, and connection to the LSP Farmer Network. The course fee is $1500 for two people on the same farm enterprise (partial scholarships and flexible payment plans available).

The application deadline is 1 September 2014. Early bird applications received by 1 August 2014 save $100. For more information on LSP’s Farm Beginnings course and to apply, please visit or contact LSP’s Karen Benson at 507-523-3366 or lspse@