This is what you were meant to do! Life's circumstances have taken you down a different path, but at McVean Incubator Farm we can help you find your way back to your true calling!

Program Details

Test Marketer

 

This is the first stage of our program. Our innovative approach focuses on the sales side of the farm business first. This allows farmers to start developing their market and generating sales using produce from the onsite farm. This relieves the pressure of learning how to grow large quantities of good quality produce and marketing them at the same time.

Test Cropper

 

In the second stage of the program, Test Croppers receive a small plot of land so they can continue to develop their growing skills. They continue to access produce from the onsite farm and continue to collaborate with other farmers to generate sales and grow their markets. 

Start-up Farmer

 

In the third and final stage, Start-up farmers get access to larger plots of land and and have acquired the tools and skills they need to manage their land. They are increasingly able to grow significant volumes of produce economically. They now have well-established markets and sales channels and are well-positioned for a successful farming career.

Test Marketer

Designed for novice to beginner farmer

This is the first stage of our program. Our innovative approach focuses on the sales side of the farm business first. This allows farmers to start developing their market and generating sales using produce from the onsite farm. This relieves the pressure of learning how to grow large quantities of good quality produce and marketing them at the same time. 

Prerequisites : none

Time commitment : 5 hrs per week

Assigned land : None

Success Criteria : Generate $1000 in sales

Cost : none

Test Cropper

Designed for the beginner to intermediate farmer

In the second stage of the program, Test Croppers receive a small plot of land so they can continue to develop their growing skills. They continue to access produce from the onsite farm and continue to collaborate with other farmers to generate sales and grow their markets. 

Prerequisites : none

Time commitment : 16 hrs per week during the growing season

Assigned land: 1000 square feet 

Success Criteria : Generate $2000 in sales, well maintained plot (neatness, weed management)

Cost : $975 Includes bed preparation, compost amendment, deer fence, rabbit fence, water, drip pipe.

Start-up Farmer

Designed for the intermediate to experienced farmer

In the third and final stage, Start-up farmers get access to larger plots of land and and have acquired the tools and skills they need to manage their land. They are increasingly able to grow significant volumes of produce economically. They now have well-established markets and sales channels and are well-positioned for a successful farming career.

Prerequisites : One year as a Test Cropper

Time commitment : 30 hrs per week during the growing season

Assigned land: 0.5 - 3 acres

Cost : $975 Includes bed preparation, compost amendment, deer fence, rabbit fence, water, drip pipe.

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Phone: ​647-708-6481

Email: hugh@startyourownfarm.com

9376 McVean Drive, Brampton, ON

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