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“Farming 101” Comes to Wisconsin

August 28, 2007

Kids aren’t the only ones heading back to school some of Wisconsin’s future farmers will also be the books, and the barns. Wisconsin has adopted a new program, in which working farmers teach novices everything from business planning to hands-on livestock and crop raising, to environmental stewardship.

Karen Stettler is director of the "Farm Beginnings" program. She says its' great success in Minnesota propelled it into Wisconsin this year.

"There really is a lot of need and interest in learning farming the right way. We've found over the years that more and more people have become interested in farming. As the country moves further and further away from family farming, there’s a great need for raising people to the trade."

Stettler says the early part of the course focuses on the business and preparation side of beginning a farm, and then moves into the 'fun stuff.'

"People can get their hands dirty, learning how to handle livestock or in greenhouse production. We also focus on grazing."

Most of the courses are taught by working farmers. "Farm Beginnings "starts this October in La Crosse; the early application deadline is this Thursday. More information can be found online at
www.landstewardshipproject.org

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WI