In January 2012, Maverick Farms in North Carolina, in partnership with Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Program and the Valle Crucis Conference Center, is launching a new program for the High Country aimed at growing new farmers: the Farm Incubator and Grower (FIG) Project. FIG will provide low-cost land leases for vegetable, cut flower, herb, and pasture-based animal farm ventures as well as a shared equipment pool and mentorship opportunities for beginning farmers. The new FIG Farm is located in the heart of Valle Crucis, on the site of the former ASU Teaching & Research Farm, on land owned by the Valle Crucis Conference Center. FIG will incubate two farmers each year, offer a year-round educational curriculum for beginning farmers that will be available to the public, continue to build and develop local markets and infrastructure for those new farmers, and connect FIG farmers with long-term low-cost land opportunities once incubated. For more information about FIG and how to apply, please see the attached press release or check out www.maverickfarms.com for more information.