The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded an agriculture project in Fayetteville known as Woolsey Incubator Farm with a $100,000 grant as part of the agency’s 2018 educational funding. The Woolsey Incubator Farm is an agriculture training facility for tenant farmers on a 170-year-old farmstead that sits south of the Woolsey Wet Prairie and the city’s wastewater treatment plant on the west side of the city.
The funds will go toward training beginning farmers on sustainable agriculture production and farm management. The facility also provides innovative workshops and training for the community on environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture.
“Farmers are among our nation’s strongest environmental stewards,” said regional administrator Anne Idsal. “The Woolsey Incubator Farm is a valuable resource for encouraging sustainable farming practices.”
Money will also be used to reach diverse audiences, including current and prospective farmers, student and other interested community members.
The Fayetteville farm was one of 37 agriculture organizations to receive funding from the EPA.