Groundswell Center incubator farm opens in Ithaca

The Groundswell Center’s Farm Business Incubator Program is again accepting applications from beginning farmers who are ready to launch a new farm enterprise. After two successful growing seasons and three farmers in production at the Incubator Farm, Groundswell is encouraging eligible beginning farmers to apply to the 2015 Incubator Program. New producers who participate in the Incubator get access to land, irrigation, tools and equipment, as well as mentoring from Groundswell’s network of experienced farmers and business consultants. People interested in launching new farm enterprises can apply for either 1/8 acre or 1/4 acre plots in their 1st year, and are able to apply for additional space (up to ½ acre) in their 2nd year. Interested producers are encouraged to contact Groundswell Staff to discuss their farming goals and understand the policies of the Incubator Program.In an effort to foster diversity and equity in the food system, Groundswell’s Incubator Program is focused on assisting beginning farmers of color, New Americans, veterans, and those with very limited financial resources in taking steps toward ownership. Tuition assistance and some language support services may be available if you fall into these categories. However, please contact Groundswell Staff as early as possible to discuss your specific situation, and what support you would need to participate in the Program.The Groundswell Incubator Farm, located at EcoVillage at Ithaca just 2 miles outside of the City of Ithaca, is equipped with crucial farm infrastructure including an 8-foot deer fence, drip irrigation, 72’ high tunnel, bathroom and storage shed, as well as cutting edge equipment including digital scales, BCS walk-behind tractor, and high-quality hand tools. Participants only pay modest fees to participate in the Farm Business Incubator Program, which allows them to establish their businesses with minimal capital investment and minimal risk.

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