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MCC Center for Agrarian Learning Announces Ongoing Series of Expert-Led Agriculture Workshops

[Monday, February 10, 2020]

The Center for Agrarian Learning at McHenry County College (MCC) is excited to announce a series of in-depth agricultural workshops hosted by some of the most innovative and accomplished experts in the food and farm economy. Open to individuals of every skill level and businesses of any size, the workshops explore some of the hottest topics facing farmers today. 

Industry leaders will drive these compelling classes and share their knowledge about navigating farm-related legal issues, scaling up for wholesale markets, preparing operations for each season, and determining if a loan is needed to grow your business. 

“We wanted to make sure we addressed some of the most common challenges farmers and food producers are facing today,” said Sheri Doyel, director of the Center for Agrarian Learning. “To ensure our community has access to this vital information, we’re bringing in experts from across the country to share their well-tested tips and techniques that will keep your business profitable and protected.”

Upcoming workshops include “Cultivating Your Legally-Resilient Farm” on February 18; “Dig, Grow, Eat,” a series of classes held each month beginning March 12 and running through August 20; “Wholesale Success” on March 14; and an informational session on hemp growing March 16.  

Registration is required to attend these workshops, and costs vary. More information and registration details can be found at 

The workshops are presented by MCC’s Center for Agrarian Learning, which launched in 2019 as a resource hub designed to connect growers to the people and ideas they need to succeed.

The Center also hosts Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming, a speaker series that runs the fourth Sunday of each month through April. Upcoming topics include “Rotational Grazing” on February 23; “Whole Grain Revolution” on March 29; and “Soil Sisters: How Women Transform Our Food System” on April 26. The complete speaker series schedule can be found at Forefront is free to attend, but registration is required. 

For more information about the Center for Agrarian learning, visit or contact Sheri Doyel at or (815) 479-7618.

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