Founded in 1990, the Farms Program leases land, equipment, greenhouses, irrigation and storage facilities to small independent farms. Each year, these farms produce fresh produce on 135 acres of land and contribute 60 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs to the Burlington economy.
The Farms Program removes start-up barriers that typically challenge new farmers:
-Access to training, land, capital and markets;
-Knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance;
Each year, between one and three new farm businesses join the program as incubators, receiving subsidized rental rates, business planning support and mentorship from established growers.
Beginning Farmer Support
As part of the Vermont New Farmer Project, the Intervale Center works with statewide partners to support beginning farmers all over Vermont. We can offer:
- Referrals to useful services in the state
- Coaching or planning related to one aspect of a farm business
- Full business planning assistance for those interested in writing their first business plan or improving upon one they have
We are also happy to share the program’s history and structure, and help you develop your own incubator program. We work with other groups and individuals from around the world who want to learn about and replicate Intervale Center programs.
Interested in any of these programs?
Contact Maggie Donin, Beginning Farmer Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 660-0440 ext. 116