What is a farm incubator?
An farm incubator is a site where people are given temporary, exclusive, and affordable access to small parcels of land, equipment, training and other resources in order to develop skills to launch a farm business.
Why are farm incubators needed?
Small and midsized farms are being eliminated at an alarming rate; accessing land, equipment and training can be expensive; and developing a sustainable market source can be overwhelming. Farm incubators can help provide critical resources, a safety net for new beginning producers to get started in a farm business and build confidence, as well to help build capacity for local producers to increase access to healthy local foods.
New Roots Farm Incubator of Dilworth, Minnesota started in 2019. For more information
contact Verna Kragness, Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society – firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional farm incubators are being considered in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin Counties.
These two videos showcase the importance of farm incubators. They were filmed at the Headwaters Incubator Program in Multonomah County, Oregon.