TUTTLE, N.D. – The Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) will hold a Farm Dreams workshop online on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. (CDT). The workshop is open to anyone who has dreamed of starting a farm, ranch or local food business. Farm Dreams is designed to provide resources, connections and perspectives from experienced farmers to help participants take the first steps toward their farm dreams. This two-part workshop is free of charge. Register at www.farrms.org/dream.
Farm Dreams participants complete a farming readiness assessment and a visioning exercise to clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, and to inventory their strengths and training needs. In the two-part workshop, students get to know others like themselves who dream of farming, discuss their hopes and plans, and meet experienced farmers. The workshop provides insight into the successes, challenges and realities of farming by giving participants the opportunity to interact with the North Dakota farmers who navigate the challenges and rewards of farming daily.
FARRMS works to support beginning farmers in North Dakota and ensure their success.
“The desire to farm is powerful - fueled by a love of the land, food, and community," said Felicity Merritt, program manager of FARRMS. "But farming is a complicated undertaking, and the list of questions is long. Our Farm Dreams workshop is a great place to start.”
With the average age of a U.S. farmer at 57.5 in 2017 according to the USDA NASS Census of Agriculture, supporting beginning farmers is crucial. Farm Dreams is a steppingstone to enrollment in FAARMS' Farm Beginnings course, a sustainable farm business course to help bring farm dreams to life. The Farm Beginnings classes will begin in January 2022.
Through education and outreach, FARRMS works to create more farmers, promote sustainable agricultural practices and support a healthy local food system in North Dakota.
Learn more about Farm Dreams and all of FARRMS’ programs at www.farrms.org, or on Facebook and Instagram @farrms.nd.