The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is excited to announce that applications are open for incubator farm plots through our Woolsey Farm Project! Spearheaded by NCAT Southeast’s Luke Freeman, the Woolsey Farm Project is a collaboration between NCAT, Cobblestone Farms, and the City of Fayetteville. The project aims to provide beginning farmers with access to land so they can establish and grow their farm businesses.
Each incubator farmer accepted in 2019 will have access to a quarter-acre plot and shared equipment at Cobblestone Farm. NCAT agriculture specialists will provide technical assistance to help with production questions and business development. Farmers will be permitted to stay in the incubator program for up to five years, with the possibility of expanding their farm plots as they gain experience.
This program is targeted towards beginning farmers who have several years of production experience, but do not have access to land to start their own farm business. Applicants should have a solid idea of their business goals and their production strategy for a quarter-acre plot. Incubator farmers will need to be self-motivated and ready to build their own farm business. No housing accommodations will be provided.
How to Apply
Download the application at http://www.thecobblestoneproject.org/incubator-farmer/.
The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Please submit complete applications electronically to Cobblestone Farm Manager Sam Doty at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by postal mail to:
1210 N 54th Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Applicants who are selected to participate in the project will be notified by the end of February and will be able to access their designated plot in March.
This project is supported by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Project Number 01F45801.
For More Information
Questions should be directed to Cobblestone Farm Manager Sam Doty at email@example.com.
NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program has hundreds of FREE resources to help beginning farmers succeed. Publications include Finding Land to Farm, Start a Farm in the City, and Farm Business Start-Up Checksheet. You’ll find self-instruction courses, videos, case studies, and more on ATTRA’s Beginning Farmer page. Be sure to check out our podcasts as well, such as this interview with a beginning farmer in Missouri.
NCAT’s sustainable agriculture specialists are also available for one-on-one technical assistance! Call our helpline at 1-800-346-9140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.