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Upper Midwest CRAFT

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Our Farmer Training Alliance

Upper Midwest CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a farmer-led coalition organized by sustainable 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.

Membership

Membership offers up to 12 FREE field day workshops per year (view our 2017 schedule!). You’ll gain topic-specific production knowledge, hands-on learning, collaboration opportunities and lifelong friendships from a supportive alliance of sustainable farmers. You will also receive publicity in our handbook and website which includes our farm member directory, access to the 90 member+ list serv, a weekly subscription to our newsletter, and discounted rates on Angelic Organics Learning Center and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute sponsored-workshops.

  • Farm Membership $50 per year
    (for those with land or a farm business)
  • Friend Membership $70 per year
    (for those interested in farming or those who want to support the alliance)


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    Upper Midwest CRAFT is celebrating 20 years of farmer-to-farmer training. Learn, grow & connect with us in 2017!


    History

    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. Our farms are regularly featured in local media such as this article in Stateline News.

    Questions?

    Email us or call 815-389-8455. Not from our region? Try www.craftfarmer.org to find a CRAFT organization near you!