Learn from the Locals!

Passing on growing information from current area farmers to aspiring growers.

Sustainable Farmer Course

Thinking about starting a farm or market garden to grow sustainable, local food?

This 2.5 day course is taught by a group of experienced local farmers in Central WI. Hear how they started farming and learn about their practices and future visions. Whether you are just dreaming about your future farm, are already in the process of starting your farm, or are interested in transitioning to sustainable farming methods, learn from those on the ground right here in our region. The course will begin on Friday afternoon and run through Sunday (lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday). Check back for 2017 updates!

2016 Course Schedule

FRIDAY – 2PM TO 7PM
2:00-3:15 The Value of Farming and Beginning Farmer Programs (Chris Holman of Nami Moon Farms)
3:30-4:45 The Basics: Farm Business Planning (Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial)
5:00-7:00 Farmer Social and Dinner

SATURDAY – 9AM TO 5PM
8:30-9:00 (Optional) Coffee, Pastries & Discussion
9:00-10:15 Opportunities within the Farm Service Agency (FSA) (Yee Thao of FSA)
10:30-11:45 Choosing Your Farm’s Market (Kat Becker of Stoney Acres farm)
12:00-12:30 Small Group Discussion
1230-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:45 Planning for Vegetable Production (Kat Becker of Stoney Acres farm)
3:00-4:15 Soil & Land Management + Season Extension (Tony Whitefeather of Whitefeather Organics)
4:30-5:00 Small Group Discussion

SUNDAY – 9AM TO 5PM
8:30-9:00 (Optional) Coffee, Pastries & Discussion
9:00-10:15 Grazing, Fencing, and Animal Care (Randy Cutler of Cutler Country Comfort)
10:30-11:45 Permaculture (John Sheffy of Liberation Farmers)
12:00-12:30 Small Group Discussion
12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:45 Value Added Processing (Joel Kuehnhold of Lonely Oak Farm)
3:00- 4:15 Participant Feedback Session – Help Us, Help You Farm
4:30-5:00 Small Group Discussion
Course Fee: $200 (includes course materials, lunches and snacks) or $75 for Saturday or Sunday ONLY

Made possible by grant funds through WEEB (Wisconsin Environmental Education Board).

WHY BUY LOCAL

1) Locally grown food tastes better. 2) Local food preserves genetic diversity. 3) Local produce is better for you. 4) Local food from small farms is often GMO-free. 5) Local food supports local farm families. 6) Local food builds community. 7) Local food preserves open space. 8) Local food keeps your taxes in check. 9) Local food supports a clean environment and benefits worldwide. 10) Local food is about the future.

GROW THE GREENHOUSE

The Greenhouse Project, an all-encompassing revitalization of the former Sorenson’s Garden Center. The 35,000 square foot future community food center, which is centrally located in Stevens Point, will house an 11,000 square foot production greenhouse, community kitchen, gathering space, and learning center.
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6/24/17 - Market Events
Stevens Point Farmers’ Market, Stevens Point WI
7/1/17 - Market Events
Stevens Point Farmers’ Market, Stevens Point WI
7/1/17 - Chef on the Square - Emy J's
Stevens Point Farmers’ Market, Stevens Point WI