Lomax Farm

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm supports local, organic farming while encouraging a new generation of farmers 

Overview of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is a certified organic incubator farm located in Concord, NC. It is a training-ground where beginning farmers can gain access to land and equipment to start their own farm business. Started by Cabarrus County government and Cooperative Extension as a place to raise a new crop of farmers, the farm is now being overseen by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA).  Our goal is to put Lomax Farm on sound footing for future farmers and the current farmers using this land to gain valuable skills and grow their customer base for the future.  Lomax has a sunny future as a training ground for the next generation of farmers.

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CFSA is proud to have found such wonderful supporters in the Avett Brothers and Chef Vivian Howard and A Chef’s Life! Read about our Dinner Supporting Lomax, which featured music by the Avett Brothers and food by Chef Howard. The party was filmed for A Chef’s Life season four premiere episode, Onions and Avetts!

Meet the Farmers In Training

FITs receive classroom instruction on the business of farming in Cabarrus County as well as hands–on experience on the farm. Participants in the program develop and manage their own agriculture business while receiving guidance from staff and seasoned farmers.

Farmers-in-training have a 3 to 5 year participation period at the farm and Lomax Farm staff aim to help the new farms find land of their own.

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Lomax Events

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Lomax Farm Development Plan

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Executive Summary

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was started in 2009 in response to the decreasing number and increasing age of farmers in Cabarrus County and the growing demand for locally grown food. Early in the history of the farm, it became clear that there was a demand for something to serve as much more than just a farmer training facility in our community. The mission of training the next generation of farmers in Cabarrus County expanded to include the support, promotion and revitalization of the local food economy by providing the programming and education being actively sought by the public. Many of our citizens are interested in a healthier, more secure and more economically productive food system and they want to learn more about how to make that a reality. With stubborn persistence, community support and just a dash of luck, the Lomax Incubator Farm has not only survived but has emerged as a regional leader in the effort to train new farmers and to tackle the issues facing our food system today. The key to the future success of the Lomax Farm will be offering different opportunities that address the different interests shared by citizens who want to engage and learn more about food and agriculture; and the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is the place to make that happen.

 

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Illustrative Master Plan

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Master Phasing Plan

Lomax Farm Development Master Plan