Groundswell Farm Business Incubator Program
Our Incubator Farm is the first of its kind in New York State, creating pathways to ownership for aspiring farmers from marginalized communities, including New Americans and people of color.
With affordable access to land, equipment, training and mentoring, Incubator Program participants can launch their farm businesses with minimal investment and risk.
Start-up costs are one of the biggest obstacles for beginning farmers. The expense of buying land, buildings, and equipment— combined with the risk of an untested farming strategy — prevents many people from even considering farming as a business. Groundswell’s Incubator Program significantly reduces the barriers to starting a farm business by giving new farmers a place to develop their organic production techniques and business skills without having to make a major investment.
Through the Incubator Program, beginning farmers can develop the three-year track record needed to secure a low-interest loan from USDA Farm Service Agency or another lender, which may enable them to expand their enterprise when the time is right.
Groundswell’s Incubator Program reflects our commitment to creating opportunities for farmers from economically and socially disadvantaged groups. People of color and New Americans, including refugees, are groups of potential farmers who often have significant barriers to getting started in farming. Although we consider all applicants to the program, in order to build a more diverse farming community we prioritize admission to the Incubator Program for these farmers.
Learn more about the benefits and requirements of the Incubator Farm Program and apply to be an Incubator Farmer.