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About Us / United Peoples Farm History: Seattle Tilth is working with refugees, immigrants and other low-income individuals to create small farming businesses.We have created a regional "farm incubator" at Red Barn Ranch called the United People's Farm. The goal of this program is to help individuals and families become financially independent, apply their experience to farming and other related businesses and increase farmland and access to healthy local food. The program consists of a education, training and support in the creating a farm business. Participants develop a viable business plan, negotiate a lease agreement and learn about the organic certification process. Participating farmers receive one-on-one support for tasks essential to the operation of a successful small farm.At the heart of this project is the idea that participating farmers learn best by actually operating a small farm in a supportive environment. This learn-by-doing concept has already been proven successful at other nationally recognized agricultural small farm and new farmer trainings.This program provides:A comprehensive educational program covering farming, business planning, operations and marketingOn-site mentorship from experienced farmersAccess to farmland, equipment, water and other necessary farming inputsAssistance in creating marketing channels for productsCreating a Business Training ModelFollowing a Seattle Tilth guided training plan using current farm incubator curriculum from ALBA (Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association), Growing Power in Milwaukee, Washington State University and others, first year farmers have access to small plots of about ¼ acre.The plot sizes increase based on success as participating farmers demonstrate competency with business plan, farming and marketing successes. Once a farmer feels ready to farm independently, Seattle Tilth staff will provide assistance in finding appropriate land, ongoing educational opportunities, technical assistance and support to access markets.Find Out MoreCheck out the United People's Farm Blog to read about current goings on.