Central Rivers Farmshed

We organize events, programs, workshops and resources that help support a local food economy.

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 and farm resource providers 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 (dinner will be provided on Friday, lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday).

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.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 7TH
» Course registration & payment – CLICK HERE
» A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2016 course – APPLY HERE

We are also offering on-farm intensive workshops this summer, stay tuned for details.

Questions? Email info[at]farmshed[dot]org

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

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