The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is the only certified organic incubator farm in the Southeast. Located in Concord, NC, the incubator farm is a training-ground where beginning farmers can gain access to land and equipment to start their own farm business. Started by Cabarrus County government and Cooperative Extension as a place to raise a new crop of farmers, the farm is now being overseen by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). Lomax Farm’s goal is for current and future farmers to gain valuable skills and to grow their customer base for the future.
The farm consists of 30.6 acres donated by Elma C. Lomax for use as a public park. Infrastructure and operational costs were funded by a grant from North Carolina Department of Agriculture Agricultural Development Farmland Preservation Trust Fund (ADFPTF). Additional funds were received from The Cannon Foundation and Cabarrus County. After a break from Cabarrus County, Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers, stepped in with emergency funds until the CFSA was able to take over the funding of Lomax Farms.
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, visit the CFSA website.