Angelic Organics Learning Center

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Angelic Organics Learning Center

building sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people

Sustainable farms can provide farm families with a good quality of life; protect our land, air, and water; and support the local economy. Yet in the US, farmers over 65 outnumber those under 35 by 3-to-1. More than 400 million acres of farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. Will it be farmed? Where will the next generation of farmers come from? How will they find the support needed to succeed?

 

The purpose of the Farmer Training Initiative (FTI), and our answer to those questions, is to support and serve beginning farmers, transitioning farmers, and limited resource farmers through a multi-year program of training in production and business planning. Our commitment is to work with small-scale, low-input growers who wish to become sustainable agriculture growers for our local food system. FTI also makes connections with other individuals and organizations to help facilitate linkages for CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) participants in the areas of land acquisition, start-up capital, and markets. Our organizational role with CRAFT farmer alliances nationwide is to promote the development of other farmer-to-farmer training programs, which sets us apart from other organizations.


AREA

Chicago Metro Area, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Southwest Michigan

LOCATION

1545 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011

CONTACT

Shelbie Blank
farmertraining@learngrowconnect.org
(815) 389-8455
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