The Elma C. Lomax Research & Education Farm was started in 2009 in response to the decreasing number and increasing age of farmers in Cabarrus County and the growing demand for locally grown food.
- The USDA estimates that about 70% of farmland will change hands over the next two decades.
- The average age of farmers today is 57.
- As many as 50% of US farmers will retire in the next ten years.
How does the Farmer-in-Training program work?
Who are some of our current and former FiTs?
Farmers-in-Training (FiTs) receive classroom instruction on the business of farming in Cabarrus County as well as hands-on farm experience. Participants in the program develop and manage their own agriculture business while receiving guidance from staff and seasoned farmers.
FiTs have a 3-5 year participation period at the farm and Lomax staff aim to help the new farmers find land of their own.