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'Is Farming Your Future?' workshop offered in St. Cloud

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Are you trying to figure out if a farming career is right for you? The Land Stewardship Project's Farm Beginnings program is offering a "Farm Dreams" workshop Sunday, April 14, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Good Earth Food Co-op in St. Cloud.

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The registration fee is $20 for Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members and $40 for non-members, and pre-registration is required. For details or to register, contact Nick Olson by calling 320-269-1057 or e-mailing nicko@landstewardshipproject.org. Registration is also available at www.landstewardshipproject.org.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about regional training opportunities through LSP's Farmer-to-Farmer Network, the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Extension and others. This class is the first step to planning an educational path toward farming.

After participating in this class and getting on-farm training over the growing season, prospective farmers may be ready for Farm Beginnings, a 40-hour course on strategic planning for low-cost, sustainable methods of farming. The deadline for the 2013-2014 Farm Beginnings course is Aug. 1, and classes will be held in the Minnesota communities of Winona and Saint Cloud, beginning in the fall. For more information on Farm Beginnings educational offerings, call 507-523-3366 or visit www.farmbeginnings.org.

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