MIFFS Farm Development Centers are collaborative farming spaces for new and beginning farmers to experience farming without significant investments in land or equipment. The farmers lease land and share farm infrastructure while developing personal farm businesses and building equity. This model provides opportunities to learn from each other, market cooperatively, participate in community workshops and begin a farming business with limited risk. These centers help remove critical barriers to aspiring farmers like access to land, resources, equipment, and education.
Farm Development Centers are a continually evolving model that is recognized nationwide as the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI). Incubator farms are an important part in training the next generation of farmers.