Incubator Farm Program

PFC’s 3-year incubator program offers beginning farmers a 1/4 acre turnkey plot and the resources and support needed for a successful growing season. Four incubator farmers will be accepted into PFC’s program for the 2020 season. Partners wanting to farm a 1/4 acre plot will also be considered.

Incubator Farmers Receive:

  • 1/4 acre plot of fenced, fertilized, and plowed farmland
  • Access to a wide array of hand tools
  • Select seeds and transplants
  • Agricultural training through a series of workshops 1-on-1 technical assistance and business support throughout the season
  • Transportation to and from downtown Buffalo on Mondays and Fridays (dependent on funding)
  • Assistance accessing markets
  • Opportunity for tenancy at PFC upon completion and continued good standing

Incubator Farmer Requirements:

  • 20 hours of volunteer work on PFC’s demonstration farm
  • Participation in an 8-workshops series
  • Personal transportation or ability to take PFC shuttle on Mondays and Fridays
  • Maintain a clean and presentable ¼ acre plot
  • Adherence to good agricultural practices
  • Maintain records as required by PFC
  • Attendance at 1-hr per month incubator farmer meeting

Partner Organization Farm Plots

PFC will offer 3 organizations 1-acre plots of prepared farmland in 2020. Community organizations and nonprofit organizations that would like access to farmland and farming resources are encouraged to apply. Organizations may farm and market products as they see fit, given that their participation in the program is benefiting underserved individuals and communities.

Partner Organizations receive:

  • One acre of fenced, fertilized, and plowed farmland
  • Access to hand tools
  • Some seeds and transplants
  • Access to agricultural workshop series (with pre-registration)
  • Technical assistance and marketing support

Partner Organization Requirements:

  • 50 volunteer hours through participation in PFC volunteer days
  • Designated individual to act as a liaison between the partner organization and PFC
  • Participation in PFC orientation
  • Transportation to and from PF
  • Transportation to and from PFC
  • Maintain a clean and presentable plot of land
  • Adherence to good agricultural
  • practices Maintain records as required by PFC
  • Ability to purchase any extra tools or materials needed

Demonstration Farm Plot

PFC will run a small demonstration farm plot for training purposes and program income generation. Hands-on training will take
place on the demonstration plot throughout the growing season. Volunteer opportunities will be available on the demonstration plot; please see back page for more details.