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The Groundswell Farm Enterprise Incubator


Appliction materials for the 2014 Incubator Program are now available. Click HERE to apply today.

If you think you might be interested in participating in the program, we'd like to talk to you in person.  Please give us a call at 607-319-5095 or send us an email at info@groundswellcenter.org.

10-04-13 - BCS Workshop - Surik -reduced

About the Farm Enterprise Incubator 

     The Groundswell Farm Enterprise Incubator is a new program designed to provide support and resources to a range of beginning producers who need affordable access to land in order to grow their enterprise.  Conveniently located at EcoVillage, just outside the City of Ithaca, NY, the Incubator will offer a relatively low-risk entry avenue for new producers by providing land, production and marketing infrastructure, production support services (such as tractor tillage), and ongoing support from experienced farmer- and business- mentors through Groundswell’s New Farmer Training Programs. 

     The Farm Enterprise Incubator offers enhanced support to new farm enterprises, allowing beginning producers to learn how to manage their production system, develop markets, and hone their business model.  By helping new entrepreneurs mitigate these risks in the early years of their enterprise, the Incubator will increase the success and viability of new farm enterprises.  

     The Groundswell Incubator aims to make these land-based opportunities available to all people and to encourage entrepreneurs from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.  We hope to stay flexible in order to adapt to needs that might arise. For example, it may be that individuals or a family  would like to partially subsist off their farm production, in addition to making commercial sales. We hope to encourage these kind of farm enterprises as an important contribution to local food security.

2013 Incubator Farmers

Meet Damon Brangman

Meet Surik Mehrabyan

2013 Incubator Oversight Team

    07-2013 - Farm Tour - Surik with group To guide the Incubator Program through its growth in the first few years, we have brought together a robust Oversight Team composed of local business- and farmer- mentors.  The Oversight Team has been deeply involved in making the decisions about the program policies and farm infrastructure since 2011.  

Today, this Team reviews and selects applicants, oversees the program direction, and guides the ongoing development of the policies. 

Current Team Members:

Joanna Green, Director, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming

Brian Caldwell, Department of Horticulture, Cornell --  Farmer Adviser

Leslie Ackerman, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Business CENTS –  Financial/Business Management Adviser

Barb Neal, Green Legacy Tree Consultants –  Farmer/Arborist Adviser

Owen Raymond, Senior Loan Officer, Farm Credit East – Financing/Eneterprise Adviser 

Rafael Aponte, Just Food's Farm School NYC -- Cultural Competency/Education Adviser

Past Team Members:

Melissa Madden, The Good Life Farm – Farmer Adviser

Garrett Miller, The Good Life Farm –  Farmer Adviser

Jeff Gilmore, Board of Directors, EcoVillage at Ithaca –  Stewardship Adviser

Stephanie Greenwood, Board of Directors, EcoVillage at Ithaca - Stewardship Adviser

Contact Us

We love to hear from you.  If you have input to share about Groundswell’s Farm Enterprise Incubator, or think you might be interested in participating in the program, please get in touch soon.  Send us an email at info@groundswellcenter.org, or call 607-277-0180.