Farmstart Feasibility Study

30th January 2018

LESS, a Lancaster based not-for-profit, is seeking a total of £2000 to research the feasibility of a starter farm incubator scheme (FarmStart) in Lancaster District.


What is a FarmStart?

FarmStart is a model for supporting new entrants into farming. It is a form of business incubator that enables individuals to make the gradual transition from community or allotment growing to commercial food production, offering: access to land, training from experienced organic growers/ food businesses and support in accessing local markets. This support is offered over a set time scale - up to 5 years for example,FarmStarters then leave the incubator with the experience required to start a sustainable growing businesses; strengthening local sustainable food supply chains. For more information about the FarmStart model see:


What do we need?

We are seeking £1000 from supporters to fund a feasibility study. LESS will match raised funds with £1000 of our own money. Please see the attached document for what this feasibility study will include.


In return for your financial support, we will name you and/or your organisation on LESS's website, in publicity material related to the work, on the final report, and will invite you to an event once the report is finished- to discuss next steps.


If you are interested in supporting this exciting work please contact LESS by the 16th February 2018, stating the amount you are willing to donate. We hope for the feasibility work to start in March 2018.


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