the seed farm
The Seed Farm is located on a 42-acre site in Emmaus. On our site, we are working to cultivate the next generation of farmers through our training and incubator programs. We provide beginning farmers with affordable access to land, infrastructure, equipment, technical assistance, and more, so that they can start their farm businesses. We also offer experiential training throughout the year in skill and knowledge areas that are critical to new farmer success, such as equipment operation, food safety, planning, and marketing.
launch your farm
New farmers who can demonstrate adequate skills and solid business plans may launch their own farms on the incubator portion of the Seed Farm. Produce and market your own products, while having access to land, equipment and infrastructure at reduced rates. Incubator farmers will also receive continued guidance from experienced local farm mentors and Seed Farm staff.
new farmer training
New and aspiring farmers are invited to come to our farm and receive hands-on training in all aspects of running an agricultural business. The Seed Farm's training opportunities cover production, set-up and management of infrastructure (greenhouse, high tunnel, irrigation system, etc.), equipment use and safety, direct and wholesale marketing, business plan creation, and more.
Last summer marked the beginning of our seventh season partnering with St. Luke's Health Network on their employee Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This innovative program makes it easy for St. Luke's employees to support local farms and to enjoy fresh, healthy produce all season long. And it streamlines the CSA process for farmers, too! The Seed Farm joins several other area farms in growing produce for St. Luke's campuses this year.
What makes this program extra-special to us is that it supports our CSA Workshare program, which gives community members the opportunity to learn the basics of farming. Participants also get to bring home a weekly half-share of veggies!