Farm Dreams: Exploring the Risks and Rewards of Starting a Small Farm

Sunday, October 21st, 1–5pm Register by October 15th, 3pm if possible

Cost: $25 (scholarships available)

This exploratory half-day workshop is designed for those who are thinking about starting a farm business. The workshop includes hands-on activities, practical tips, resource assessments, and a panel discussion with successful farmers about how they started their businesses. We’ll end the day with a tour of the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm.

Facilitator: Sheri Doyel has worked for over a decade in support of small- and mid-sized farmers.  In 2007 she was the Farm Forager for the City of Chicago farmers market program and Green City Market, recruiting producer-vendors to meet the growing demand for local food while also shaping rules and regulations to strengthen the markets.  In 2009 she started at Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) as the Program Director for their Farmer Training Initiative and 2011 launched her own small farm business, Tiny Tempest Farm in Lake Geneva, WI.  Since 2011 Sheri has focused on leading the Stateline Farm Beginnings program at AOLC, and also is the liaison to the Farm Beginnings Collaborative — a network for farmers and farmer training support organizations who all offer Farm Beginnings in 12 states. Sheri grows vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings for various markets in Chicago and southern Wisconsin.