Help Support Beginning Farmers at the CWC Farm Incubator through the Lander Community Foundation’s Challenge for Charities!
As a community college, we know local. And we want to help aspiring and beginning farmers grow nutritious foods by developing financially and environmentally sustainable farm businesses in central Wyoming. An integral part supporting and educating beginning farmers is through the CWC Farm Incubator.
What is a farm incubator?
A farm incubator is a land-based multi-grower project that provides training and technical assistance to aspiring and beginning farmers. Like traditional business incubators, farm incubators aim to help new and beginning farm entrepreneurs establish their own successful businesses by providing specific resources and services that are difficult for start-up entrepreneurs to access on their own.
With land access as a barrier to farm start-ups, the CWC Farm Incubator provides farm plots, irrigation, technical support and mentoring for new small-scale farmers. This is such an essential resource for beginning farmers and we want to ensure that this program is available for future farmers for many years to come. The money raised this year during the Lander Community Foundation’s Challenge for Charities will be used for incubator farmers to assist with start-up and operating costs for their new farm businesses.
Launched in the summer of 2022, as part of the CWC Alpine Science Institute’s Beginning Farmer Training Program, the CWC Farm Incubator provides the following resources to its participants:
In its inaugural year, the farmers with incubator plots sold their produce throughout the summer at the Lander Valley and Thermopolis Farmers’ Markets. Additionally, they sold their produce on the Eat Wyoming online farmers’ market platform and donated excess produce to the Lander Care and Share Food Bank.
OR to donate by check:
Please make your check payable to: Lander Community Foundation and note you’d like your donation directed to CWC. Mail to:
Lander Community Foundation
PO Box 1131
Lander, WY 82520