What is it?
The Incubator Program is an integral part of the Farm School Program. While it is not mandatory for students to apply, it is highly recommended as this is the place where students apply all the knowledge and skills that they have learned in school. While farm school provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to starting a farm operation, having your own farm and having to make your own decisions is another steep learning curve. We believe that students should pursue an incubator plot upon completion to maximize learning. Alumni who have purchased farmland had completed 3 years of incubator farming.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to access up to ½ acre of land to start their own farm businesses. For a minimal fee, students can choose a plot on either Farm School sites (Richmond and Tsawwassen). It is ideal for aspiring farmers to start their businesses, create their own network and their markets
- 1/4 to 1/2 acre of arable land for up to 3 years
- Communal tool share
- Communal infrastructure
- Technical and mentorship support from teachers, farm staff, and other incubator farmers
- City water
- Student must complete a minimum requirement of class attendance to be able to apply: 85% of all classes and a minimum of 350 practicum hours
- Applicants must submit a business proposal that outlines their business goals and visions, market research, financial goals, production goals and marketing plan.
- Farm operation must be a business, not sustenance farming
Incubator plots are only available to graduates of either the Tsawwassen or Richmond Farm School programs.