The Incubator Farm
The Farmer Incubator Program is a critical part of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s Farmland Access Service, which provides access to land, infrastructure (greenhouses, washing and cooling facilities, livestock and storage sheds, irrigation, miles of permanent and temporary fencing), equipment and technical support for a nominal monthly fee to currently four farmers.
The farm incubator lands vary in size from 1/4 to 15 acres; farmers can lease the land up to five years.
Active annual, perennial and livestock farming is balanced with resilient natural environments through a symbiotic relationship. The program also connects participants with service providers, new markets and promotional opportunities while they build a solid foundation for their farm business.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Partners: Organic Growers School, WNC Farmlink, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Staff: 13 FTE | 1 FTE for program