The ISLAND Farmer Residency Program is searching for smart, talented journeyman farmers to participate in a farm incubator project in Northwest Lower Michigan.
The program site is located at the heart of a food region described by Mario Batali as ‘exploding’, amidst a thriving nexus of markets in Traverse City, Petoskey and the Leelanau Peninsula.
Resident farmers are provided with three years’ access to land, equipment and a network of technical and business advice. This is not an internship opportunity-it is a chance for experienced but landless farmers to manage their own business on the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s Maple Bay Farm, just south of Elk Rapids, Michigan.
Applications for the 2015 growing season are due on October 1, 2014. Successful applications received before September 15 will be offered a seed garlic bonus.
If you are ready to take the first steps in your farming business, or know promising interns or workers, ISLAND’s Farmer Residency Program provides land and a supportive environment to get started.
Eager to learn more? Here’s a recent article on this program.