Cabarrus County and the NC Cooperative Extension – Cabarrus Center have partnered in the development of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm Park off Atando Road in Concord. This incubator farm works much like a business incubator. Individuals interested in starting a business as a farmer can enroll in the program which provides classroom instruction on the business of farming in Cabarrus County as well as hands–on experience on the farm. Participants in the program develop and manage their own agriculture business while receiving guidance from seasoned farmers.
The farm consists of 30.6 acres donated by Elma C. Lomax for use as a public park. It is owned by Cabarrus County and managed by NC Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus Center. It is a Certified Organic Operation. Transitional Strategies follow a 3 to 5 year participation period at the farm and aim to help the new farms find land of their own.
Infrastructure and operational costs funded by A grant from North Carolina Department of Agriculture Agricultural Development Farmland Preservation Trust Fund (ADFPTF) as well as a grant from The Cannon Foundation and Cabarrus County including a fund established by the Cabarrus County Boards of Commissioners for the exclusive use of farmland preservation and agricultural development from the deferred taxes paid on farmland coming out of present use tax valuation.
The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm supports local farming while encouraging a new generation of farmers to ensure quality local food sources flourish in Cabarrus County. To learn more, call NC Cooperative Extension – Cabarrus Center at 704–920–3310.