Viva Farms welcomes new farm start-ups
Why launch my farm at Viva?
Viva Farms provides subsidized resources to new farmers. As a farmer at Viva, you will have access to all things necessary to start your own farm business, without the huge initial investment. Resources include tractors and equipment, greenhouses, irrigation, access to markets through Viva's farm stand and wholesale program, training and technical assistance, organic certification, community, and more!
To operate at Viva, you will need to:
- Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching (offered Sept - Dec)
- Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning (offered Jan-Apr)
Demonstrated farming experience.
Be ready to launch your farm: do you have the time and resources you need to get started? Do you have reasonably secure markets for your products? Our business planning course helps you answer these questions if you're unsure.
Basic operating costs: (2012 rates, subject to change)
- Land lease $200 per acre, per season
- Irrigation supply $80-$100 per acre per season (this covers water up to the hydrant. each farm is responsible from that point on: headers, drip tape, sprinklers, etc.)
- Program fees $150 per acre, per season - covers use of shared infrastructure such as greenhouse space, cold storage, field processing shed, electricity, roads, port-a-potties, comprehensive liability insurance, organic certification and technical assistance with production, marketing and business management.
- Field equipment rental varies - use of tractors costs $25/hr + $5-20/hr for implements. In order to rent equipment, you must complete or test out of our tractor safety course. If you require a tractor operator, the cost is $20/hr.
- Other expenses not covered by Viva: Seeds, transplants, greenhouse supplies, row covers, hoop house construction, irrigation supplies, packaging, marketing materials, farmers market fees, business licensing fees, transport - these costs are all borne by each farm business.