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

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

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

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).


We Believe: 1) Food should be grown in a sustainable manner 2) People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods 3) The public should know local farmers 4) Farmers should know who eats their food


Your membership supports our programming as well as our production greenhouse and community kitchen
2018 Farmshed Plant Sale- Member Exclusive
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI
2018 Farmshed Plant Sale
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI
2018 Farmshed Plant Sale
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI