5854 Vera Cruz Rd Emmaus, PA 18049 Google Map 610-391-9583 ext. 16
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Ready to start a farm of your own? We can help.

Complete a Pre-application Interest Form if you are interested in farming at The Seed Farm in 2019.

The Seed Farm Agricultural Business Incubator was created to meet the needs of new farmers that did not grow up on farms and therefore lack access to land, equipment, and capital.

On our 42-acre site, we provide access to land, infrastructure, equipment, and mentoring in order to break down the barriers to farm entry. We can help connect you with service providers, new markets, even promotional opportunities while you build a solid foundation for your farm business.

Current incubator farms:

Bee Well Blooms
Cut Flowers

Periwinkle Flower Farm
Cut Flowers

Aegir's Hall
Honey

Our incubator program is available to new farmers who can demonstrate adequate farming experience and solid marketing and business plans. There are three levels at which farmers can join the incubator: Explorer, Steward, or Enterprise.

Incubator farmers at the Explorer level have some gardening or farming experience, are ready to start hand-scale farming on small plots (1/8-1/2 acre), and receive weekly check-ins and technical assistance. Steward-level farmers have completed farm apprenticeships or internships, and they benefit from frequent mentoring from Seed Farm staff and other area farmers. Enterprise-level farmers have a few more years of experience under their belts, and can assume a mentoring role on the farm.

Resources available to incubator farmers include:

  • 1/8 - 5 acres of land per farm;
  • cooler, greenhouse, and dry storage space;
  • tractors and implements;
  • wash/pack facilities;
  • water and irrigation system;
  • mentoring and technical assistance;
  • ongoing training opportunities.

The Seed Farm staff is on-site and accessible so that we can assist you with developing effective production and marketing techniques, and solving with weed, pest, and other problems, as they arise. Monthly “farm update” meetings between the Program Director and all incubator farmers facilitate information- and idea-sharing, a critical component in building an effective learning community.

If you are interested in launching your farm business in our incubator in 2019, please complete and submit an Incubator Pre-application Interest Form. We will review your plans/goals and will contact you to discuss available opportunities for farming at The Seed Farm. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement in the incubator.

Recruitment Focus: We will select up to 5 new farm businesses to join the incubator next year. We are especially seeking farm plans that include the production of culinary & medicinal herbs; brambles; compost; eggs; meat birds; or mushrooms.

Please contact us if you have questions. 

Farm-to-Feast DinnerNovember 1st, 2018

 Our 8th annual fundraising gala dinner, Farm-to-Feast Dinner & Auction has been rescheduled! It will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 4-8 P.M. (plus a VIP cocktail hour from 3-

FSMA Produce Grower Certification Training on 9/28/2018September 6th, 2018

WHEN Fri, September 28, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM WHERE Northampton Community College Alumni Hall-130a-d 3835 Green Pond Road Bethlehem, PA 18020 COST$30 per person You will receive a workbook wort

Beginning Farmer Workshop on 9/14/2018August 24th, 2018

Professionals in the agricultural industry will provide valuable information on important topics such as business planning & accounting, proper lease documents, loan programs and much more! A pane

Past Incubator Farms

Farms that have been launched in our farm incubator include:

 

Kneehigh Farm

 

A diversified vegetable farm now located on 7 acres in Pottstown, Kneehigh was launched in 2014 by Emma Cunniff, a 2013 graduate of our new farmer training program.

 

Emma says, "Farming is the most rewarding career I could imagine. By farming, I am connected to and contributing to my immediate community, spend most of my time active out of doors, and eat the healthiest, freshest food possible.

 

"The Seed Farm gave me the tools I’m going to be needing. Best of all, I’ve learned I could actually make a living at this and love it.”

 

Good Work Farm

 

 

Owned and operated by Anton Shannon and Lisa Miskelly, Good Work Farm was launched in 2011 after Anton completed our 2010 new farmer training program. Anton and Lisa now farm 10 acres in nearby Zionsville using draft horses.

 

Anton says, "The Seed Farm [provided] GWF with a living laboratory for us to test our production and sales techniques with scalable resource access.

 

“Our farm made a net profit in a year that included a drought, a hurricane, prolonged flooding, and October snowfall. That very may well have finished off our new farm, if not for The Seed Farm.”

Have a Question?

Contact Us Online or Call 610-391-9583 ext. 16

Farm Address:
5854 Vera Cruz Rd Emmaus, PA 18049

Mailing Address:
Lehigh County Ag Center 4184 Dorney Park Road Suite107 Allentown, PA, 18104

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