The North Farm at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, Chatham, MI is an incubator farm that specializes in diversified organic vegetable production and season extension in northern climates.
December 9, 2014
By Madeline Judge, Intern at MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
The North Farm at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula (U.P) Research and Extension Center, Chatham, MI is an incubator farm that specializes in diversified organic vegetable production and season extension in northern climates. The farm has an incubator program designed to support new farmers launch a successful farm business by providing resources and support including access to land, infrastructure, market development and on-farm technical training.
The North Farm is currently accepting applications for three new “Apprentice” farmers. The North Farm Apprentice Farmer Program is designed to reduce the barriers of access (such as land acquisition, business management experience, and growing skills) for beginning farmers who are interested in starting their own farm business. Three apprentice farmers will be selected to begin the two-year program in the spring of 2015. While technical assistance is available, the apprenticeship is not a training program. This opportunity is ideal for a farmer who has a significant amount of farming experience and is ready to take the next steps towards launching their own farm business in a northern climate.
The farm is located in Chatham, MI in the central U.P., and is situated close to markets in Marquette, Munising and beyond. There is a growing demand for fresh produce in the Upper Peninsula, and the North Farm will assist Apprentice Farmers in developing their skills to serve their markets. This program is open to individual farmers, as well as farming couples/partnerships.
Apprentice Farmers Will Receive:
Cost of Participation
For more information, please visit http://www.msunorthfarm.org/apprentice-farmer-program.html.