The Farm & Food Business Incubator


The Farm & Food Business Incubator (FFBI) provides business training and value-added product development facilities for new and developing farm and food entrepreneurs. Programming is tailored for each client to their individual needs.

This program is part of the NYSTAR program where the state has designated 10 Innovation Hot Spots—one for each of New York's economic development regions—and 20 Certified Business Incubators, of which the Farm & Food Business Incubator is one of.

Whether looking to establish or expand, the incubator provides participants with access to services and resources through educational programming with local and national experts; access to customized support and mentoring; and for value-added producers, the ability to process without on-farm infrastructure.

Do you need Incubator Services?

Here's how:

  • Business planning

  • Market planning

  • Financial planning

  • Access to capital

  • Scaling up

  • Planning for wholesale

  • Food safety & quality control

  • Online marketing & social media

  • Branding, advertising & packaging

  • Land access

  • Legal support

  • Other services, as necessary


upcoming Incubator PROGRAMs


CLICK HERE to learn about the 2019 Incubator Program.


RED MEAT & POULTRY PROCESSING:  Fee-based slaughter and processing services available August 2016.

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN:  Small-scale value-added processing for canned and fresh products.

CREAMERY:  Product development and processing of your local milk available spring 2017.


Incubator participants gain access to mentors, consultants and special services available through CADE.

The Farm & Food Business Incubator is a partnership of SUNY Cobleskill and CADE, with funding support from the Mohawk Valley consolidated funding program.