Upper Midwest CRAFT
CRAFT: Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training
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Who can join CRAFT?
CRAFT welcomes trainees with all levels of experience, whether you’ve never farmed before, you have significant experience and need advanced training, or you’re an established farmer seeking to transition to sustainable agriculture.
The first CRAFT program was founded in upstate New York in 1995. In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded the Upper Midwest CRAFT, the second program in the United States. Since then, the alliance has become one of the leading efforts to train the next generation of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farmers. Graduates, who now lead dozens of new local farms, are trained by some of the most accomplished farmers in the Midwest. More than 85 sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin belong to the Upper Midwest CRAFT. Coordination is provided by Angelic Organics Learning Center.CRAFT farms are regularly featured in local media such as this article in Stateline News.
Membership in CRAFT offers you 12 free field day workshops per year. You’ll gain topic-specific production knowledge, hands-on learning, and you’ll belong to a supportive alliance of sustainable farmers. You will also receive our CRAFT Handbook which includes our farm member directory, access to the CRAFT member list serv, a weekly subscription to the CRAFT newsletter, and discounted rates on Angelic Organics Learning Center and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute sponsored-workshops.
- CRAFT Farm Membership $50 per year (for those with land or a farm business)
- CRAFT Friend Membership $70 per year (for those interested in farming)
It's not every day that you hear, "When I grow up, I want to be a farmer..." but the staff at Angelic Organics Learning Center hears this sentiment often. Some individuals find fulfillment in growing food for themselves in their gardens in an effort to be more self-sustaining, or simply for the satisfaction of undeniably fresh produce. Others are looking for a safe and healthy place to raise a family and are drawn to opportunities for learning through interactions with animals and the natural world. Chicago resident Danny Frohman needed a change of pace…
"This past March I just quit my desk job of many years. I was restless, and had been sitting down in front of a computer for far too long; I needed something active and to be on my feet all day." Read the full article on Danny Frohman on the Angelic Organics Learning Center blog.
Not from our region? Try www.craftfarmer.org to find a CRAFT organization near you!
For more information, contact the Program Assistant at 815-389-8455 or Email.
Farmer Training Programs & Services
- Farmer Training Initiative
- Stateline Farm Beginnings
- Upper Midwest CRAFT
- Farm Asset Builder Program
- Micro-lending for Beginning Farmers
- Considering Farming?
- Training Resources
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