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FAQ

Who will benefit the most from taking Stateline Farm Beginnings® (SFB)?

We find the most successful applicants are those who rely on the least amount of “guess work” when striving to define/plan their farm business. Ask yourself:

 + Have you worked on a farm? Do you understand the various aspects of production? Do you have an idea of the skills needed to operate a farm?

 + Do you have access to land? Are you familiar with the location, acreage, and maybe even soil fertility of where your farm is or will be?+

+ Do you have management/record keeping skills? 

 + Do you have a fairly certain source of capital or savings (i.e. start up funds)? 

 + Are you ready to start farming in the relatively near future? 

Do you feel urgency and motivation to get planning?  

The more you answered "yes" to these questions, the more suited you will be. Still not sure if you should apply? We can help.  


I don’t have access to land, should I still apply?

Yes! About 50% of the participants have access to land. Having land can help make your planning somewhat easier and more specific. It is not required by the program, however, nor is it necessary for planning a farm business. Often times beginning farmers assume that buying land is the first step to starting a farm business. This is false. New farm businesses often benefit by creating other land arrangements, like leasing land or renting a subset of a larger farm's acreage, learning how to establish and grow the farm business, then moving onto purchased land after years of capital accumulation or when the farmer's exact needs for a farm site have been refined.


Can I apply if I live outside of Wisconsin or Illiniois? 

 We are part of the Farm Beginnings Collarative and work with other farmer training organizations throughout the nation. If you are in an area where Farm Beginnings is offered we will connect you to the appropriate organization. If you are in an area where Farm Dreams is not offered by one of our partners, then we will consider your application. Contact statelinefarmbeginnings@learngrowconnect.org with specific questions. 


Will learn how to farm in this program?

No. We do not teach productions skills. The Farm Dreams Intensive & Farm Business Intensive sessions do not cover production topics. The spring/summer Skill Building Practicum session includes 10–12 on-farm Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Days that address production-oriented topics, a 1-to-1 mentorships that varies per participant, depending on agreements made between mentee and mentor.


What if I need to miss some of the Farm Dreams Intensive & Farm Business Intensive classes?

Stateline Farm Beginnings currciculm is carefully planned to delivery maximum content over a condensed period of time, therefore 100% attendance in the course is highly recommended. We do not recommending applying for the course if you anticipate missing more than one (1) scheduled week. However, life happens and we understand unforeseen circumstances arise. 


What is the structure of the 1-to-1 mentorship? 

No two mentorships are alike. The topics and skills of each mentorship are guided by the personalized learning plan the participant who creates it during in the Farm Dreams Intensive. These goals are specific and attainable and are meant to support your immidiate skill gaps. The duration and structure is built with your mentor around your work schedule or other commitments. They can range from one or two sessions with the mentor to address the participant's learning goals to full-time work on a mentor's farm during the growin season. It all depend on what kind of relationship you develop with your mentor. 


Will Stateline Farm Beginnings match me with a paid farm job as part of the program?

No. The Stateline Farm Beginnings facilitator helps each participant determine their learning goals for the growing season. If these goals include paid farm work, the participant is responsible for finding their own job. We encourage utilizing Upper Midwest CRAFT resources (work-wanted and job opportunity postings in the Upper Midwest CRAFT eNewsletter, the member contact list, and word-of-mouth networking).


Will the Stateline Farm Beginnings facilitator help me to find a mentor?

Yes. The Stateline Farm Beginnings® facilitator meets with each participant and assists in matching them with an appropriate mentor. Following through with the advising will then be in the hands of the participant.


How many Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Days am I required to attend as part of the program?

The is no minimum requirement, however it is strongly recommended that participants attend as many field days as possible to gain valuable experience that cannot be replicated.


Do I receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the program? 

Yes. Participants who successfully complete 75% or higher of course assignments receive a certificate of completion. The last session/graduation is scheduled is scheduled in December. Participants receive their certificate of completion in the mail shortly after. 


Can two people take the course and pay only one tuition? 

Yes, as long as they are working on one (1) farm plan. We call this couple a “farm family” but it may consist of 2 business partners, 2 family members, or 2 personal/life partners. Stateline Farm Beginnings only provides one set of resources (course access, assignment feedback, etc.) for each “farm family,” but individuals are included in the course roster and welcome to join classes.


Can I set up a payment plan for paying the tuition?

Participants may divide their tuition into smaller payments, with tuition paid in full by Wednesday, January 13th, 2020. You can pay in whatever increments make sense to you.

Your $75.00 application fee and $300.00 deposit are subtracted from the amount you owe. So, if you are a Stateline Farm Beginnings student you will owe $1,625.00 after you apply and secure your spot in the class via your deposit. Tuition is due by Wednesday, January 13th, 2020. 

New for 2021:
Can't commit to the course all at once? Apply for Farm Dreams Intensive and commit to take the remainder of the course in 2020 or 2021.

Just like Stateline Farm Beginnings students, your $75.00 application fee and $300.00 deposit are subtracted from the amount you owe. So, if you are just enrolling in the Farm Dreams Intensive (FDI) you will owe $825.00 after you apply and secure your  spot in the class via your deposit. FDI tuition is due by Wednesday, January 13th, 2020. You can then pay for the Skill Building Practicum and Farm Business Intensive separately when you enroll in the 2020 or 2021 class. 


Can I apply for a Scholarship to Stateline Farm Beginnings? 

Yes. We have limited partial scholarships available. Fill out the Scholarship Form on the application page and return it with all of the supporting materials and your SFB application. As with all students, 75% attendence and assignment completion is required to successfully complete the Farm Dreams Intensive portion of SFB and continue to the Skill Building Practicum and Farm Business Intensive of SFB.  


 

What is your refund policy?

The Stateline Farm Beginnings® application fee is non-refundable. If accepted, this fee will be applied toward your tuition balance.

Stateline Farm Beginnings® course tuition is non-refundable after the end of the first session (Saturday, January 8, 2021). After the end first session, if you are unable to attend for any reason, you will receive up to a 50% tuition credit toward the next Stateline Farm Beginnings® course, prorated based on your progress in the course. 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.

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