The New Farmer Project fills in the gaps that inhibit small, sustainable-practice farmers and horticulturalisits from starting new businesses in the county.
Why go through the start-up phase twice?
The New Farmer Project is unlike many farm incubators across the country.
The New Farmer Project provides mentoring and specialized business training like marketing, accounting, business planning and advanced sustainable farm practices.
But, what makes our project really unique is our “leapfrogging” of the physical incubator phase, and getting you onto a private, long-term leased site right away.
What does this mean, and why is it important?
Most incubator programs place farmers on shared space for a limited amount of time—usually about three years.
Upon entering these programs, the farmers must almost immediately start preparing for the end of their terms, which includes finding a more permanent location, soil conditioning at the new site, and planning their plots….all while operating their brand new businesses at the incubator site!
Our farmers will only have to go through the start up phase once.
By matching new farmers with private land owners throughout the Agricultural Reserve from the beginning, our farmers are singularly focused on growing their businesses instead of finding new real estate.
The day you start the project you’ll begin negotiations with a land owner, be matched with an experienced mentor and have access to business planning and technical resources that will help you make the most of your enterprise concept. You'll also have access to shared equipment that can often be cost-prohibitive for a new farm enterprise.
The application period for the second round of the New Farmer Project is underway. Submit the application you see to your right by Tuesday, November 25th to be considered for the 2015 cohort. Classes start in January.
For more information, read the county's press release.
For more information, please contact Sarah Miller (240)777-2010.