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 2017.
The Seed Farm Agricultural 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.
Meet our 2016 Incubator Farmers!
Our incubator program is available to new farmers who can demonstrate adequate farming experience, equipment experience, and solid marketing and business plans. Successful applicants farm as either Explorers, Stewards, or Enterprise farmers at The Seed Farm. Explorer farmers 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 farmers have completed farm apprenticeships or internships, and they benefit from frequent mentoring from Seed Farm staff and other area farmers. Enterprise 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 2017, 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.
2017 Focus: We will select up to 4 new farm businesses to join the incubator next year. We are especially seeking farm plans that include the production of cut flowers; culinary & medicinal herbs; eggs; meat birds; or mushrooms.
Please contact Amy Cook, Program Director, if you have questions.