Participants will have the opportunity to meet experienced sustainable farmers, graduates of the longer 10-month Farm Beginnings course, and other prospective farmers. They will learn about different successful farm enterprises, and be able to ask questions about the genesis and development of farm businesses.
The workshop will cover resource assessment, goal-setting, financial planning, marketing options, and locating land and equipment.
"Farm Dreams will help people who think they might want to get their feet wet in sustainable farming learn what it takes to start and manage a farm-based business, and decide whether this is the path they are ready to take," said Cavanaugh-Grant. "Participants in the workshop will walk through the next steps required in pursuing their farming goals and leave with a clear idea about what's possible and what the risks are, so they'll be better prepared if they decide to take the plunge," said Terra Brockman, Director of Communications and Farmer Training.
Registration for each workshop is $30 and includes a light supper. All workshops are from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Payment can be done by mail or online at central.illinoisfarmbeginnings.org/ and click on Farm Dreams or by contacting The Land Connection (847-570-0701; email@example.com).
The Dates and locations for the 2008 Central Illinois Farm Dreams are:
July 15 Springfield University of Illinois Extension, Sangamon County Office 2501 North 8th Street, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Bldg #30
July 17 Bourbonnais University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County Unit 1650 Commerce Drive
August 7 Ullin Shawnee Community College 8364 Shawnee College Rd.
August 18 Eureka University of Illinois Extension, Woodford County Unit 117 West Center
August 19 Peoria University of Illinois Extension, Peoria County Unit 4810 North Sheridan
Central Illinois Farm Dreams is a collaborative effort between The Land Connection and the University of Illinois Extension. University of Illinois Extension is a statewide educational network that links the resources and research of the University of Illinois to the people of Illinois. The programs and workshops, which take place throughout the state, address issues involving youth, families, community development, agriculture, and natural resources. If reasonable accommodations are needed in order to participate in any of the programs, call 217-241-4644.