The Stateline Farm Beginnings course is limited to 15 farmer applicants (a “farmer applicant” can include one additional person working on the same business plan: your business partner, a family member, or life partner. Complete the “Primary Application” and the “Partner Application” if you are interested in having two people from one farm business attend). This keeps participation to a maximum of 30 people, optimizing interaction between students, instructors, and guest speakers. The fee for the yearlong course is $1,500; flexible payment plans and scholarships are available. The application period is rolling through October 1.
The course fee includes:
- Over 55 hours of classroom time
- Course supplies (including core books and course binder)
- Upper Midwest CRAFT membership (includes 8+ field day workshops, resources, CRAFT Handbook and Directory)
- One-on-one mentoring (paired with a mentor of your choice)
If you are unable to pay the full course fee, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017. Non-veteran scholarship applications are available below. Veterans please call or email us for scholarship information.
Early application is encouraged! An Early-Bird Discount of $150 will be applied to all applications post-marked no later than September 1, 2017. Application review will begin September 1, 2017. Applicants will be assessed in the order received.
How do I apply?
Fill out an application and send it in with the non-refundable $50 deposit. You will be notified regarding acceptance or denial via email in early September.
- Stateline Farm Beginnings® 2016-2017 Information & Application Packet (PDF format)
- Stateline Farm Beginnings® Scholarship Application & Worksheet (MS Word format)
- Stateline Farm Beginnings® 2016-2017 Application (MS Word format)
Where do I submit my application?
Mail to Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011. You can also email the application and send the deposit seperately. Please make all checks payable to Angelic Organics Learning Center.
What is your refund policy?
The Stateline Farm Beginnings deposit is non-refundable. No tuition refunds are available after the first session during the year in which you are originally enrolled. If you have to withdraw for any reason during the course, tuition refunds cannot be made.
After the first session, if you are unable to attend for any reason, you may reserve your spot in the next Stateline Farm Beginnings course. Tuition credit must be requested by November 1st of the year in which you are were originally enrolled. If you are unable to attend the follow year course, we will send you documentation so your tuition fee can be recorded as a tax deductible contribution to the ongoing work of Angelic Organics Learning Center.
Contact Sheri Doyel, Program Facilitator, by phone at (815) 389-8455 or by email.
Farmer Training Programs & Services
- Farmer Training Initiative
- Upper Midwest CRAFT
- Stateline Farm Beginnings
- Farm Finance
- Farmer Training Resources
- Partner Organizations
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