BECKER -- A new project aimed at getting kids interested in agriculture is taking root in Sherburne County.

The Little Farm Hands Project started after Bill and Margaret Cox donated 220 acres near Becker - 40 of which is designated for agriculture uses - to Sherburne County through a land trust. Organizer, Jean Johnson's family has farmed the land the past 50 years.

When completed, kids will get a hands-on experience throughout the crop-growing process, ending at a market. The site will feature barns, grain bins, gardens and a farmers market.

Johnson says the project will offer kids a wide-range of experiences.

Johnson says they are aiming for kids ages 3 to 10, but will have something for everyone.

Fundraising for the project is just getting started with a goal of raising $200,000. Organizers say they hope to begin construction this fall, with a grand opening in September of 2014.

The group says they will look to eventually expand the operation to include computers and an on-site library.

Donations are being accepted at the Sherburne State Bank or can be sent to:

Mid - MN Mississippi River RC&D
c/o Little Farm Hands
PO Box 675
Becker, MN 55308