Cabarrus County and the NC Cooperative Extension – Cabarrus Center have partnered to develop the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm off Atando Road in Concord, NC. The farm works much like a business incubator. Individuals interested in starting a farm-based business can enroll in the program which provides classroom instruction on the business of farming in Cabarrus County as well as hands–on experience on the farm. Participants in the program develop and manage their own agriculture business while receiving guidance from staff and seasoned farmers.
The farm consists of 30.6 acres donated by Mrs. Elma C. Lomax. It is owned and operated by Cabarrus County with education and programing provided by NC Cooperative Extension – Cabarrus Center. It is a Certified Organic Operation. Transitional strategies follow a 3 to 5 year participation period at the farm and aim to help the new farms find land of their own.