We’re excited to introduce you to Farmer Incubator, a venture which commenced in 2013. We’re located in Victoria, Australia. Since we started we have developed an innovative model – Pop-up Garlic Farmers – to teach some of the practices of farming – all currently based around the holy allium called GARLIC!
Whether you’re just curious about growing it, eating it or selling it we are now in our second year of running Popup Garlic Farmers, as featured in The Age newspaper, Triple RRR radio and Earth Garden Magazine. 2016 enrollments start soon, so come by again soon and check out the program and sign up – tickets are opening in late January! In the mean time, watch Green Collar Production‘s video of last year’s Popup Garlic Farmers course and check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds. This collaborative, educational, share farming experience is about to get underway!
Long Term Plants…erh hrm..PLANS
Also…in the next year or two we are developing a model of farming where we’ll grow new farmers – as well as amazing farm produce on a real working farm. Prospective new farmers will use Farmer Incubator as a stepping-stone on their way to farming independently. We are looking at models that will employ them part-time (paid) on the main farm, while they develop their individual farming enterprise on the side. After an agreed period, successfully incubated farmers will leave our farm, taking their products, markets and equipment with them as they transition to a new farm.
Farmer Incubator is an opportunity for new farmers to start small and work cooperatively. In Farmer Incubator empowerment is key. Through it we will allow new farmers the knowledge and resources to act independently; part of this is connecting them to the land, each other and mentor farmers.
We’re also on the lookout for land!
Farmer Incubator is searching for suitable land for this proposed model. (Note – we already have agreements to use four farms for Pop-up Garlic Farmers!) We aim to operate a farm once we have secured long-term tenure on a piece of land. If you have land, know of something available, or can hint at where to look – please contact us below. We’ve been getting a fair number of suggestions lately, so we might take a little longer to get back to you at this stage of the year when we’re busy planning and planting!
Tell us about yourself…
Farmer Incubator facilitates a way to start small. It is about novices working cooperatively to each get a leg up. Does this sound like your kind of opportunity? Please tell us about your farming aspirations by filling in our expression of interest.
Would you or your business like to buy produce from Farmer Incubator and novice farmers? In future seasons Farmer Incubator will make an interesting range of fresh produce available. In 2016 it’s garlic. If you have any interests or projects that might align with us, let us know using the contact form below.
Yours Fruitfully – Paul, Georgia, Per & Emmy