Farmer Incubator is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2013 and currently based in and around Melbourne, Victoria. Our aim is to help grow future farmers from an enterprising collective of young people who are concerned about food quality, sovereignty and security, and who are yearning to work the land. We also aim to provide a more approachable entry into the world of agriculture by tackling the high-cost and high-risk nature of farming through the establishment of a collaborative farming model; a framework already developed extensively in the US and other countries around the world.
We help provide opportunities for new farmers to start small and work cooperatively. In Farmer Incubator, empowerment is key; we help new farmers gain the knowledge, confidence and resources to act independently; part of this is connecting them to the land, each other and mentor farmers.
Through our Pop-Up programs and workshops, our participants are given the opportunity to access the world of agriculture by providing them with access to land, resources and mentorship in order to experience growing a crop on a larger scale than their backyard. In our Pop-Up Garlic Farmers program, we provide participants with the land, garlic seed, tools and expertise in order to grow and sell roughly 500 garlic plants each for one whole season; the participants are walked through each step of the process, from first cultivating the land and planting their seeds, to harvesting and marketing their end product. Furthermore, our model of co-farming is explored and cultivated throughout the program as the participants work in groups across four different sites in and around Melbourne.
We’ve been featured in The Age newspaper, Triple RRR radio and Earth Garden Magazine. You can watch Green Collar Production‘s video of 2015’s Popup Garlic Farmers course and check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds.