The Williams Farm Incubator Program

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County: Clarke

Location: 235 Northside Drive, Athens, GA 30601

Total acres 2.5

Acres of cropland/tillable land 1.3

Acres of pasture 0.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 0.0

Property Description

The Williams Farm Incubator Program provides access to land, training and resources to beginning farmers belonging to groups whose members have historically been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice. The goal of the program is to help these farmers hone their skills and develop independent sustainable farm businesses.

Type of opportunity

  • Incubator / Mentored Lease

Type of opportunity - more info

The Williams Farm Incubator Program is supported by funding through USDA’s 2501 Program, which provides outreach and assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. USDA defines this group as: American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Veterans.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Fencing
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Greenhouse
  • Farm equipment
  • Processing facilities
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

The farm has a large central outbuilding that houses a wash/pack facility, cold storage, tool storage and restrooms. The farm has a two-wheel tractor, and an assortment of hand tools are available for use by the incubator farmers.

Current production on farm

  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Vegetable production

Current production on farm - more info

We currently have 6 incubator farmers producing on-site, with space for at least 2 more.

Current and past farming practices

  • Transitioning to organic

Current and past farming practices - more info

The farm has been Certified Naturally Grown for close to 10 years.

Conservation easements or other protection programs

The farm property is protected by Athens Land Trust.

Additional aspects

The farm has operated as no-till for the past 3 years. All plots consist of established permanent beds that are 30 inches wide and 50 feet long. Full plots consist of 22 of these beds, which is roughly 1/8 of an acre. Plots can be divided if farmers do not wish to rent the entire 22 beds.