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Upper Midwest CRAFT

Upper Midwest CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a farmer-led training alliance organized by alternative agriculture farmers in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. Farmers offer their time, talents and expertise to help prepare the next generation of farmers. We welcome all levels of experience, whether you’ve never farmed before, you seek advanced training, or you’re transitioning to sustainable agriculture.

Sign up for 2021 membership!

Membership offers FREE field day workshops per year. You’ll gain topic-specific production knowledge, hands-on learning, collaboration opportunities and lifelong friendships from a supportive alliance of sustainable farmers. You'll also receive publicity in our online farm directory, access to our 200+ member list serv of local sustainable farmers & friends, a subscription to our weekly e-newsletter of local farm happenings, and discounted rates on Angelic Organics Learning Center and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute sponsored-workshops.

US Military VETERANS contact us to receive FREE membership!

  • Farm Membership $50 per year
    (for those with land or a farm business)
  • Friend Membership $50 per year
    (for those interested in farming)


The first CRAFT program was founded in upstate New York in 1995. In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded the second program in the United States - Upper Midwest CRAFT. 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.


If you have CRAFT enrollment questions, check out our FAQ page!

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Upper Midwest CRAFT is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-49400-30072.