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Wanted: More Minnesota Farmers

February 13, 2007

Want to get into farming in Minnesota? Here's your chance. A drive aimed at getting "new blood" into farming kicks off later this month, and it's aimed at non-English speaking families.

Brian DeVore of the Land Stewardship Project says applications are being taken for "Farm Beginnings," a program to start later this month. He says the focus won't be on farming techniques, but on the business aspects of the profession.

"It's more to look at what kind of decision-making and goal-setting you need to do in order to set up a successful faming operation."

For ten years, "Farm Beginnings" has given prospective farmers this type of introduction to agricultural careers. The idea has always been to attract a new generation of farmers, but this year's focus is on those who may have been shut out. That's why DeVore says the next course will be held in Spanish.

"We are now seeing a generation of Latino residents who have come here as migrant workers over the years and have become familiar with Minnesota's agriculture. A lot of them come from a rural or farming backgrounds, and they want to farm. Some also have a little bit of experience with direct marketing, on a small scale. They need that extra push to learn some management techniques, and see how it's being done here in Minnesota."

Another emphasis will be on serving the fast-growing markets of sustainable, organic farming and livestock production. The workshop takes place on February 24 at Dry Weather Creek Farm, a goat farm near Milan, Minnesota. Details at 320-269-2105, or online at www.farmbeginnings.org.

Jim Wishner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - MN