WV Incubator Farm Network

Learn to farm in West Virginia 

We make program recommendations based on your level of experience, interests, and future goals.

WV Incubator Farm Network is a network of agriculture training program representatives from across the state of West Virginia with the mission to encourage and support the collaboration of incubator farm programs by providing an inclusive, open space for communication and peer-to-peer learning.

Sprouting Farms in Summers County, WV is a non-profit farm training center located in Summers County, WV. Programming for new and beginning farmers includes an eight-month farm apprenticeship that provides in-depth learning through farm business classes, a paid apprenticeship, and mentor support. Farms ready to launch with a business plan can apply to be incubator farmers and access growing space, tools, and bulk supplies along with continued mentorship and support as you launch your farm business.

Refresh Appalachia, located in the Southern Coalfields, aims to transform the lives of young people and those displaced from coal mining. To help expand new businesses and develop entrepreneurs across our service area, we provide two core functions: the operation and management of a regional food hub and the operation and management of incubator farms. We operate seven farms across four counties in Southern West Virginia. These farms serve as training sites for our crew members and members of the community. 

Contact Ben Gilmer at refreshappalachiajobs@gmail.com or 304-205-0930 for more information about applying.

Grow Ohio Valley is working to improve food access and create a strong local food economy in the Ohio Valley. We operate five production sites, including an urban apple orchard, two high tunnel greenhouses, and a geothermal hothouse. Our AmeriCorps program engages beginning farmers in training and hands-on experience with urban agriculture. Service terms vary from 1 year to 3 months in length, with opportunities for contract renewal. Trainees are involved in all aspects of the annual agricultural cycle, from enhancing farming sites over the winter, to field preparation and harvesting, as well as improving and documenting production processes and data collection. Join us as we grow a healthier future for West Virginia! Contact Susan Barbour at susanbarbour@growov.org for more information about applying.

KISRA gives vulnerable adults training and employment opportunities while also providing communities with access to local, fresh and healthy food. The produce and plants that are grown with the assistance of program participants are sold directly to community residents at farmers’ markets, to area restaurants, caterers, and other commercial customers.

Minutemen Farmers Cooperative in Ripley, WV targets veterans as well as others wishing to learn specialty crop farming skills. Veterans will be eligible for GI benefits to support their training efforts while earning profits from what they grow while in training. The Department of Labor registered apprenticeship is a two-year training program supported by an optional two more years, if needed, for incubating new specialty crop farming businesses and/or continued training for individuals looking for employment. Check out their Facebook Page here. You can also contact the Training Coordinator at 304- 372-3675 for more information about applying.

Other regional farms with internship programs:

Backbone Farm in Oakland, MD

Harmony Farm in Morgantown, WV

Hudson Farms in Big Chimney, WV

Mountain Harvest Farm in Morgantown, WV

Moon on the Mountain Farm near Shepherdstown/Martinsburg, WV

Round Right Farm in Terra Alta, WV