Farmer Incubation Program
Open to anyone age 18 and over, the Farmer Incubation Program will train adults who are eager to gain hands-on experience growing their own farm enterprise. In exchange for an annual program fee participants will have access to ¼ acre of restored farmland, storage, solar panels, mobile coolers, a shared tool library, greenhouses, hoop houses – structures that use the solar rays to warm plants, allowing farmers to extend the growing season. Taught by a consortium of Hilltop Urban Farm program managers, educators from the Pennsylvania State University and more, the program provides training in production, management, and marketing of an urban farm. Entrepreneurial in spirit, the Farmer Incubation Program is the first of its kind in the United States, and equips graduates with the tools to own and operate their own, independent farms after three years.
The Farmer Incubation Program at Hilltop Urban Farm will be constructed in the summer of 2019. A competitive application process for applicants will begin in August 2019. The first round of urban farmers will begin the Farmer Incubation Program in January 2020.