Incubator Farm Project: Resources for New Incubator Farms
National and NC-Based Resources
Lelekacs, Joanna Massey and Mike Morris. 2013. Incubator Farms for North Carolina: A White Paper. Center for Environmental Farming Systems PDF
Boekelheide, Don and Joanna Massey Lelekacs. 2013. Incubator Farm Resources and Funding – A Start-up Guide. Center for Environmental Farming Systems PDF
Lelekacs, Joanna. 2013. Local Food System Stakeholders for Community Engagement. Center for Environmental Farming Systems PDF
Lelekacs, Joanna. 2013. Incubator Farm Work Breakdown Structure Foundation: Project Aspects to Consider When Starting Program Design. Center for Environmental Farming Systems PDF
Lelekacs, Joanna. 2013. Site Design Programming for an Incubator Farm: Considerations for Site Selection / Site Design. Center for Environmental Farming Systems PDF
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project in Massachusetts has partnered with a number of other nationally-recognized incubator farms on a National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) for startup incubator farms. You can learn more about their program on their website.
Farm Incubator Toolkit
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Farm Incubator Project
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, funded by the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, engaged in a Farm Incubator Project between 2007 and 2009. This project provided outreach and consultation for existing and proposed incubator farms across the state. The following documents and webinar are outputs of this project and can be useful resources for new incubator farms.
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Farm Incubator Development Project Final Report
Summary of the outreach and consultation efforts made through CFSA’s Farm Incubator Project.
- Important Considerations for Incubator Farms
Important considerations for new incubator farms including land, equipment/ infrastructure, experience /mentorship, market/ business components, housing, insurance, and land linkages once the farmers are leaving the incubator farm.