[Market-farming] Farm Incubator Opportunity in Ann Arbor, Michigan

John Ferree john at seldomseenfarm.com
Wed Jan 22 11:09:01 EST 2014

Seeking Beginning Farmers!

Tilian Farm Development Center is a program of Food System Economic
Partnership (FSEP) and was born out of the aspirations of local food and
farm advocates in Washtenaw County in collaboration with Ann Arbor
Township. As a Center, Tilian works to facilitate new farm business
development in order to increase diversified production for local
markets, year-round in the SE Michigan food shed. Through its Farm
Incubator Program, beginning farmers work to transition from farm
experience to building a new farm business, or to expand their existing
farm enterprises.

The incubator program encourages beginning farmers with access to land,
educational opportunities, production training, and marketing
possibilities while they start their own farm enterprise. Tilian
provides the opportunity for beginning farmers to take their dreams and
make them a reality.

What Tilian Provides
Access to land
We provide technical assistance for farmers on their business and
production plans
Help ordering seeds, equipment and supplies
Farmer training
Assistance getting insurance
Equipment, irrigation, hoop houses, heated greenhouse space

How it Works

Farmers at Tilian have at least three years to get their operations up
and running before transitioning to an independent farm.

What is grown at the Tilian Farm belongs to the farmer. We provide
assistance in finding retail and wholesale markets.

What the Farmers Provide
Energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn while working to build
their own businesses
Vision that can be translated into a plan, and then a working farm
Enough capital to get their farms started
Ideal candidates have 2-10 years of farm experience

How to Get Started

If you are interested in joining Tilian Farm as a farmer for the 2014
season, please fill out an application. Also, download and review the
program manual for more detailed information about the program. Please
submit an application, which can be found on our website.

Feel free to contact our program manager with any questions.
tilianfdc at gmail.com

Mailing Address:
Tilian Farm Development Center
c/o Food System Economic Partnership
705 N. Zeeb Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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