How it works
Farmers have three years to develop their business. During this time, they receive lots of mentoring from experienced farmers. They have to complete Groundswell's farm business planning course
In the third year, they can get help applying for an operating loan or farm purchase loan if appropriate. They also get help in making a transition to another site.
Groundswell works with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County on a new "LandLink" project to connect beginning farmers with landowners, explains Noble. And it helps them negotiate a mutually beneficial lease or land purchase agreement.
Wanted: 2 or 3 new farmers
Groundswell seeks two to three farmers to join the Incubator Farm next year. Space is available for livestock micro-enterprises as well as crops.
For details about the program and an online application form, visit www.groundswellcenter.org. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-319-5095. Groundswell provides one-on-one assistance with the application process, plus translation support for those with limited English language skills.