Williams Farm Incubator Program

The Williams Farm Incubator Program is a two-year apprentice program that provides access to land, training and resources to beginning farmers who are American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Black or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Veterans. The goal of the program is to help these farmers hone their skills and develop independent sustainable farm businesses. The Williams Farm Incubator Program is supported by funding through USDA’s 2501 Program.

How it Works

In the first year, incubator farmers will grow in 50-foot permanent raised beds under the guidance of the Williams Farm Manager. The food grown will go to Clarke County families through weekly distributions at CCSD schools and the West Broad Farmers Market. Farmer incubators are expected to commit to 6-12 hours of farm work each week for a 30-week season, and will be paid for the produce that they grow in their assigned beds. The current cohort began in January 2024.

In the second year, incubator farmers will work with Land Trust staff and partner organizations to identify consistent sales outlets for their produce, including farmers markets, restaurants, and grocery stores. Second year incubators will have more flexibility in deciding which crops to produce, but sales are not guaranteed.

How Do I Apply?

The current cohort for this program is full. If you are interested in joining the next cohort for the Williams Farm Incubator Program, please contact: Joy Brown, the Williams Farm Manager at joy@athenslandtrust.org.