Farm Incubator Seeking Applications in New York’s Hudson Valley

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Hudson Valley Farm IncubatorGlynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator is seeking applications from agricultural entrepreneurs to join its program for the second year. The deadline for proposals is June 30th, 2015, and three finalists will be selected in September to launch their businesses in early 2016. Announced in March 2014, the Incubator is located on one of New York’s most iconic landscapes, the Mohonk Preserve Foothills, an 856-acre parcel on the eastern escarpment of the Shawangunk Ridge outside of New Paltz.

“Our program is already well on its way toward seeding the next generation of sustainable farm businesses in the region,” said Dave Llewellyn, Glynwood’s Director of Farmer Training, who is leading the project. “Glynwood is committed to fostering up to 15 new sustainable food and farming businesses over the next five years, bringing in new participants each year.”

Launched in early 2014, the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator, a partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI) and Mohonk Preserve, provides the tools and resources aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs need to develop and manage viable farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley. The Incubator is reducing the traditional barriers to success for new farm businesses by providing access to land, housing, shared equipment, infrastructure, low-interest capital, business mentoring and training in regenerative farming practices. Launching farm-based businesses in the supportive, low-risk environment of the Incubator greatly increases the likelihood of business viability and success.

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