Farm Business Incubator

Seeding the next generation of sustainable farm businesses.

Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator (HVFBI) is an ideal stepping stone for farmers ready to build their farm enterprises.

In recent years, the Hudson Valley has seen the launch of many new farm businesses that are now in their first several years of operation. These new businesses, being managed by capable farmers, are testament to the work of new farmer education programs in the Hudson Valley, who have been responding to the need for a new generation of farmers.

Success during these preliminary years of business startup is crucial for long term viability. New farm businesses are often most financially vulnerable during the startup phase. Moreover, rates of farmer burnout and changes in career choice often occur at this stage of business development.

Therefore, to meet the evolving needs of new and beginning farmers in the region, Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator (HVFBI) program provides customized support services to new farm entrepreneurs. Whereas we had previously focused on providing land for startup farms to begin, we are now working with numerous farms that have independent land access. This allows us to engage with a range of farms, and we work with them individually to evaluate their needs design a strategy to support them. 

The program provides customized technical support from the expertise of our staff and a network of consultants.  After conducting an initial intake assessment, Glynwood staff tailors a scope of services that includes:

  1. Business Planning
  2. Marketing Strategy
  3. Financial Oversight and Training
  4. Farm Systems Technical Assistance
  5. Legal Advising
  6. Land Access/Tenure Support*

*Glynwood promotes regional farmland access through its role as a network partner in the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.

For more information about the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator, please contact Dave Llewellyn.

Current participants in our Incubator program:.

  • Grass + Grit Farm – A pastured meat and egg operation with products sold at local markets and via a four-season CSA founded by Maddie Morley, Benjamin Roberts and James Walton.
  • Rise & Root Farm – a cooperatively run farm in the black dirt region of Orange County, New York. Jane Hodge, Karen Washington, Lorrie Clevenger and Michaela Hayes are the four co-owners and farmers.
  • Rock Steady Farm & Flowers – a diversified flower and vegetable operation in Millerton, New York.  The business is held in partnership between Maggie Cheney, Angela DeFelice and D. Rooney.

Previous participants include:

  • Community Compost Company –The first collection and composting company in Ulster County, which retrieves organic materials from the waste stream and produces high-quality compost, founded by Eileen Banyra and Noa Simons.
  • Back Paddock Farm – A 100% grass-fed beef operation founded by Allison Toepp and Patrick Knapp located in Ghent, NY.
  • Four Legs Farm – A meat CSA of pastured lamb and pork founded by Leanna Mulvihill. Four Legs Farm was acquired by Maitri Farm in Amenia, New York.
  • Lily’s Farm – A diversified farming operation that produces eggs, culinary herbs and edible flowers, founded by Lily Dougherty-Johnson. Lily has transitioned her operation to Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in Southold, New York

United States Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This program is currently funded through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program at USDA-NIFA (Award No. 2017-70017-27153). 

The Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator was launched thanks to generous support from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30628), Claneil Foundation, Cornelius King Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Hunter Grubb Foundation, Wells Fargo, Zegar Family Foundation and additional philanthropic support. Glynwood is grateful to the following entities for their ongoing philanthropic support of the Incubator: Hunter Grubb Foundation, Krupp Family Foundation, Wells Fargo’s Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program, Zegar Family Foundation and generous individual supporters.