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Farm Incubator

Emma market Planting onions

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. 

Auction PreviewSeptember 22nd, 2016

Get ready to win some great, unique items while supporting The Seed Farm and new farmers! Here are some of the items that will be up for bid at our Farm to Table Dinner on October 9th: Live Auction I

Farm-to-Table DinnerSeptember 13th, 2016

Our 6th annual Farm-to-Table Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016.   Dinner will be prepared by Chef Jon Middleton and Chef Lee Chizmar of Bolete Restaurant, assisted by a team of

PartnersSeptember 8th, 2016

Lehigh County's dedication to farmland preservation allowed the land that The Seed Farm and its Steward Farms occupy to remain farmland. Lehigh County also supports The Seed Farm through donated

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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