Down to Earth Systems Workshop —Scholarship Application
Want to learn about the intricacies of operating a diversified, regenerative farm? Are you an established farmer looking for ways to diversify your operation? Are you a beginning farmer looking for resources and knowledge on diversified farming systems as you develop your farm business plan?

This summer Spence Farm, one of Central Illinois’ foremost diversified farm operations, is hosting Down to Earth Systems, a two-day intensive to share their best practices for diversified, regenerative farming systems. This is an opportunity to learn from one of Illinois’ leading specialty farms.

GPEDC, with the support of one of our investor members, is making two scholarships available for this workshop to encourage the exploration and adoption of more diversified farming operations in Greater Peoria to support the growth of the regional food economy.

Learn more about the workshop here:

Please complete the application below to demonstrate your interest in attending the workshop and how this scholarship will help you take the next steps with your current farming operation or steps toward starting a new farm.

This scholarship pays only for the listed registration fee of $500 for two individual participants. Please read workshop details carefully.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

Email address *
Name *
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Address *
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Phone Number *
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Are you currently farming or have previous farm experience? Please explain. *
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If you are farming (or planning to farm), how are you accessing land?
Approximately how many acres do you currently farm (or plan to farm if beginning farming)? *
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Where in Central Illinois is your farmland located? *
What is your history, experience, and interest in farming and food systems (max 150 words)? *
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What are your goals as a farmer (max 150 words)? *
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What is your vision for the future of farming and the Greater Peoria regional food and farm economy (max 150 words)? *
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Why are you an ideal candidate for this workshop (max 150 words)? *
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Following the workshop, how will you apply the knowledge and skills acquired, and what will be your next steps? *
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What additional resources, following this workshop, do you anticipate requiring to move forward with a regenerative, diversified farming operation?
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Following the workshop, are you willing to maintain communication with GPEDC and participate in documenting your journey as you develop a regenerative, diversified farm operation? *
Thank you for your application!
We may be in contact with followup questions. Recipients of the scholarship will be announced in early June.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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