Incubator Farm now accepting applications for 2014!
Photo: 2013 Incubator Farmer Surik Mehrabyan gives a tour of his quarter-acre micro-farm.
The Groundswell Incubator Farm is a ten-acre parcel of agricultural land which is available to qualified beginning farmers who need affordable access to land. In addition to growing space, the Incubator offers access to tools, water and irrigation lines, tractor services, production and marketing infrastructure, and mentoring from experienced farmers.
In 2013, two beginning farmers are currently growing crops on the land. We are looking for another 2-3 farmers to join us in 2014. Space is available for livestock micro-enterprises as well as crops.
For details about the program and an online application form, click here. If you have questions or think the Incubator might be for you, contact the Incubator Coordinator Devon Van Noble at 607-319-5095 or email email@example.com.
Announcing Groundswell's 2014 Farm Business Planning Course
Thursday nights, 6-9 PM, January 9 - March 13
This course is designed for the serious beginning farmer who needs a business plan, or the established farmer who wants to improve their business plan. Ten weekly sessions cover all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including: assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and recordkeeping; and more. For info and to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Course of Study: Holistic Organic Orchard Management
Fourth Sundays of each month, 1-4 PM, January through October (except July)
Groundswell is honored to be working with an inspiring group of orchardists (led by Chris Negronida of West Haven Farm and Black Diamond Farm) who are teaching and hosting a series of hands-on orcharding sessions. Topics include Marketing, Site and Varietal Selection, Grafting, Pruning, Training, Pest Management, Thinning, Ground Cover Management, Chip Budding, Fruit Evaluation, and Harvest. For info and to apply, email email@example.com.
Groundswell's mission is to engage diverse learners and empower them with skills, knowledge and access to resources so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems. We provide practical and applicable experience-based education and business incubation through a network of successful local farms and partner organizations. The result we seek is successful entry into and growth of our local food and farming systems.
Will you join us?
Learn more about our 2012 accomplishments and donate here...
Groundswell is an initiative of the EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education, a project of the Center for Transformative Action. Groundswell is supported by USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Grant #2010-49400-21799; the Appalachian Regional Commission; Park Foundation; and by the generous donations of individual and business supporters. To find out how you can support our work, call 607-319-5095.