BFRDP Projects

Great Lakes Incubator Farm: Enhancing Agricultural, Environmental, and Economic Resilience in Northwest Michigan and Beyond
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Award Amount: $695,617
Grant Program: 2022 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Education Projects
Project Director: Koffi Kpachavi
Organization: Grand Traverse Conservation District


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Project Overview

The Great Lakes Incubator Farm (GLIF) program of the Grand Traverse Conservation District is an active, land-based agricultural program operating on 15 acres focused on educating and assisting beginning farmers in a 5-county region in Northwest Lower Michigan. To aid in the successful launch of beginning farmers and the succession and sustainable retention of agricultural land, the long-term goals of GLIF are to:
Recruit and lower the barriers to entry for beginning farmers, train and educate beginning farmers, and help successful incubator farmers transition to their own land. GLIF actively recruited beginning farmers and supported beginning farmers in launching new businesses by providing opportunity and access to land, tools, infrastructure, and equipment. GLIF also trained and educated beginning farmers in the core operational aspects of farming, business and financial planning for farms and land stewardship.

Number of Participants: 5


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