Those entering farming face decrease in available affordable land, increasing regulations, and high equipment cost. To address these issues, Lowcountry Local First partnered with Clemson University to develop an Incubator Farm that provides a low-risk incubation period for farmers interested in entering the market. The initial 10 acre parcel located on Walnut Hill Plantation is divided into 1-2 acre plots for up to 6 farmers and 1 acre for a Teaching Plot for apprentices, students, and the public. The Incubator Farm provides the opportunity to share equipment and resources as well as the mentorship of a farmer during a three-year incubation period.
The Incubator Farm - the first of its kind in the state - opened in the Fall of 2012. Meet the Farmers!
The LLF Growing New Farmers Incubator Farm is proudly supported by:
The Limehouse Family
USDA Rural Development
David Thompson Architect
Steen Enterprises - Tractor Donation
BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival