The Foundation for Agriculture, Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) will hold a "Farm Dreams" workshop online from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 (CST). The workshop is for anyone who has dreamed of starting a farm, ranch or local food business. Students will clarify what motivates them to farm, put their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs, and get perspective from experienced North Dakotan farmers. The two-part workshop is free of charge. Registration is at www.farrms.org.

Farm Dreams students complete a farming readiness assessment and a visioning exercise to help them realize their goals. In the two-part workshop, students get to know others like themselves who dream of farming, want to learn about goal setting, discuss their hopes and plans, and meet experienced farmers who daily navigate the challenges and rewards of farming.

FARRMS’ goal is to launch more beginning farmers in North Dakota and ensure their success.

“I meet many people, such as our sustainable ag and Farmers Market Interns who care deeply about local food and sustainability. They want to grow food for their communities. Farm Dreams is a great place to start,” said Stephanie Blumhagen, executive director of FARRMS.

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With the average age of a U.S. farmer at 57.5 in 2017 according to the USDA NASS Census of Agriculture, FARRMS’ says its role in supporting beginning farmers is crucial. Farm Dreams is a steppingstone to Farm Beginnings, which runs from January through April. Students who are ready to launch their business can enroll in Farm Beginnings to complete their sustainable business plan and be paired with a mentor.

FARRMS provides educational programs and support to grow sustainable agriculture and local food systems in North Dakota. It works to enhance the sustainability of farms and ranches in their communities and currently operate from the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center in the Tuttle School in Tuttle, N.D. Learn more about Farm Dreams and all of FARRMS’ programs at www.farrms.org.