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Lomax Farm: Launch New Organic Farmers

Join CFSA and The Avett Brothers in SAVING LOMAX FARM and help launch a new generation of Organic Farmers at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm

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Overview of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm

Lomax Farm: Launch New Organic Farmers
The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is a certified organic incubator farm in Concord, NC. Started by Cabarrus County government as a place to raise a new crop of farmers, the farm is now being overseen by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Today, CFSA is supporting the next generation of sustainable agriculture by leading a campaign to build the future of Lomax Farm.Operating any farm takes money. Running an incubator farm of this size takes time, money, and material — more than $100,000 per year. Our goal is to put Lomax Farm on sound footing for the nine current farmers using this land to gain valuable skills and grow their customer base for the future.
 

Background on Lomax Farm current status 

Lomax began as a project of Cabarrus County in 2008 as the first and only certified organic incubator farm in the southeast. In 2014, CFSA took over Lomax Farm to continue this mission. Lomax has a sunny future as a training ground for the next generation of farmers. 

 

Scott Avett and The Avett Brothers Support

Through the financial support of donors like The Avett Brothers, CFSA has the funds to run the farm through the end of the year. This Barnraiser project is one way we are making the farm sustainable for the future.

Scott Avett, of the band The Avett Brothers, is a member of the community supported by the farmers at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm. This farm and strong support for beginning farmers is important to him, and he supported this project once again by helping make this video.

 

Where the Money Will Go?

It takes a lot of dollars to make an incubator farm run. We will be paying for fuel for the tractor, cover crop seeds, maintenance and repairs to the equipment, labor to keep the farm accessible to the incubator farmers, and keeping the lights on. If we reach our goal, that will provide funding for the first quarter of 2015.

 

IMPACT

A New Generation of Farmers

Lomax Farm has graduated 10 farmers into the sustainable agriculture movement. The average age of American farmers is 58. CFSA is working to bring that number down. Accessing land in an increasingly expensive real estate market is tough. Beginning farmers need a supportive environment that provides knowledge and guidance through learning how to run a successful farm business.

If you want to be a lawyer you go to law school, if you want to be a doctor you go to medical school. But if you want to be a farmer, where do you go for that education, training, and hands on practice? This is the vocational option for people who want to become farmers.

Giving Beginning Farmers a Helping Hand

Providing hands-on access to land and equipment takes a monetary toll when operating an incubator farm. By design, an incubator farm allows beginning farmers to practice, but that also means things break more frequently. New farmers get to learn on Lomax Farm through their own experience, and they don’t have to pay for those mistakes on their own.

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CFSA has partnered with Barnraiser to collect funds for this project. Barnraiser is a crowd-funding community just for the food movement; a place to meet and back the thousands of food and farming innovators and put better food on our collective table. When one farmer gets a new barn, the whole community gets better food.

Their mission is to put a billion dollars into the hands of food innovators as they reshape a healthy food world.

From healthy and artisanal foods to community kitchens and organic farms, when we put our collective support behind these innovators, we create a healthy food future for us all.

Let’s make #sustainable food & farming the standard.

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