The Seed Farm offers a three-year new farmer training program and agricultural business incubator, in partnership with Penn State Extension's Start Farming program and Lehigh County. The first year of the program is a one year apprenticeship, consisting of both formal coursework taught by Penn State Extension Educators, and hands-on training in all aspects of running an agricultural business from business and crop planning to equipment use, production techniques and marketing. After successfully completing the Apprenticeship Program, apprentices may apply to the Farm Stewardship Program. Through the Farm Stewardship Program, beginning farmers can launch their agricultural businesses on the incubator portion of the Seed Farm. There they will produce and market their own products, while renting access to The Seed Farm's equipment and land at reduced rates. Farm Stewards will also receive continued guidance from experienced local farm mentors and the The Seed Farm's manager. Please follow this link to see profiles of 2012 Farm Stewards and Apprentices.