Incubator Program

Groundswell’s Incubator Farm Program is a three-year program that builds a close working relationship among the Incubator Farmers, Farmer Mentors, and Groundswell Staff. We invest an extraordinary amount of resources and support in our Incubator Farmers, and participation in the program is limited.

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  • Use of 1/8 to 1/2 acre of farmland at the Groundswell Incubator Farm for up to three years
  • Access to equipment and tools, irrigation system, deer fence, storage shed, and high tunnel
  • Spring tillage and winter cover cropping provided by Groundswell staff
  • Field scale fertility and pH applications
  • A series of field training workshops
  • Individual on-site mentoring from experienced organic farmers
  • One-on-one assistance with business planning, management, and marketing from Groundswell Staff
  • A supportive Groundswell Community network of farmers and food citizens

Program costs

  • Participation Fee: $190 for 1/4 acre per year
  • Equipment Fee: $100 per year
  • Additional Farm Services: Variable

For more information about Incubator Fees contact devon@groundswellcenter.org.

Who can apply? Surik 7-22-13 WEB

  • All aspiring farmers are welcome to apply to the Incubator Program.  However, we prioritize applicants who fit USDA’s definition of “limited resource” or “socially disadvantaged” including people of color, refugees and other New Americans, and veterans.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated farming experience, such as prior  experience in their country of origin, on-farm employment, internships,  participation in Groundswell programs, or similar training experiences.
  • Applicants must have a clear farm business concept and a commitment to developing a commercial farming enterprise, not just production for home use.

Apply to the Incubator Farm Program

To find out more about the program or to apply, contact our Incubator Program Manager, Devon Van Noble, at devon@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.