The farm incubator program at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center provides small plots for startup farmers to begin growing their businesses.
Selected participants will receive instruction in business planning and food safety, as well as farming advice from Extension experts and an on-site farm manager. Participants have access to farming equipment, and a packing shed to package fresh foods for market. Clemson has planted cover crops to prepare the eight acres at the Sandhill research center for the incubator program. Cover crops help to enrich soils with nutrients. Participants will use their sites for three years.