The Seed Farm, located at 5854 Vera Cruz Road, Emmaus, PA is a new farmer training program and farm business incubator initiated by the County of Lehigh in 2009. Their mailing address is Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Suite 107, Allentown, PA 18104.
Through a one-year Apprenticeship Program, participants receive training in tractor safety and the use of specialized vegetable production equipment, learn how to seed, transplant, care for and harvest crops, and how to prepare a viable business, all while operating a 2-acre market garden. Executive Director Lindsey Parks handles grant writing, budgeting/ accounting and other duties; Amy Cook is the farm manager/educator who guides the apprentices through the first year and into years two and three if they wish to continue and become Farm Stewards who establish their own enterprises.
The program is run in collaboration with the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, Penn State Start Farming Program, PA Farm Link, and the Lehigh County Farmland Preservation Program. The Seed Farm became a 501 c(3) non-profit organization in 2011.
For more information, including staff, board of directors, and photos of activities and apprentices, please visit the Seed Farm website.