Applications are now open for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program!

aerial view of Headwaters Farm property, showing barn and shed structures with solar panel rooftops, farmland in the foreground and beyond the structures to the upper right, a stretch of natural forested land surrounding the north fork of Johnson Creek that passes through the property.  Residential areas, trees and distant hills are visible in the view beyond

An aerial view of Headwaters Farm

We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program’s (HIP) 2023 season! HIP is a five-year farm business development program near Portland, Oregon that provides experienced farmers affordable access to farmland, equipment, farm infrastructure, and more as they launch their farm business. Full details on program offerings and structure can be found in the 2022 Headwaters Farmer’s Manual.

Who should apply? We are looking for candidates who have strong farming skills and a clear vision for their farm business. Well-qualified applicants typically have at least three years of farming experience, including one or more seasons of farm management responsibilities, such as overseeing irrigation or field labor crews. We work hard to create an inclusive space and welcoming community at Headwaters, and encourage growers from a diversity of backgrounds to apply.

HIP first launched in 2013 and has since worked with almost 50 small-scale beginning farmers. Incubator farmers use the supportive community environment at Headwaters Farm to establish markets, build farm networks, refine production practices, and make investments to grow and stabilize their businesses.

By reducing common barriers to farming we help ensure that farmland stays in production and is well stewarded. Our incubator farmers are key partners in that mission and we strive to set them up for long term success!

To apply to the incubator program, visit the HIP application page and fill out the Farm Incubator application form. The deadline to apply is by 5 PM on October 31st.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour of Headwaters Farm, please reach out to Rowan Steele, Headwaters Farm Program Manager: rowan@emswcd.org / (503) 939-0314.