New/Beginning Farmer Programs

Dear Sa-netters:

I would like your assistance in identifying good New and Beginning Farmer
Programs, especially those that incorporate sustainable agriculture
concepts--although I'm not limiting myself to those.  I also want to go
beyond those programs that are primarily financing/low-interest loan programs.

  Are there programs out there that conduct schools, tours, seminars and
other training/educational activities?  Do any use learning circles or other
small discussion groups where new farmers regularly meet?  Are they formal
state- or organizational-sponsored activities or they  more informal?  What
resources/services are they providing those who want to begin farming?

Thanks for your help.


Tom Johnson
Policy Working Group
302 Natural Resource Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone (517)353-3209, Ext. 3 Work