PUENTES’ incubator program was created with the intention of spurring economic growth within our community. It provides our plot holders the resources necessary to start their own businesses.
What is an incubator business?
Incubator businesses, such as PUENTES, help startups get their feet under them so they can thrive in our local economy. We act as a Venture Capital firm of sorts, providing the land, water, fertilizer, business training (with help from our friends at Stockton Impact Corps), and resources necessary for the startups to begin selling their products. This program started in 2019 with the intention of fostering local small businesses that not only boost economic growth and empowerment, but also allow the startups to bring food to community members in a way that Boggs Tract Community Farm can’t.
Current startups within the program
Corn Poppy Produce was founded in 2019 by Jessica Bryant after she managed PUENTES’s Healthy Retail Program for three years. Corn Poppy strives to produce healthy, quality food and support local farmers who are using ethical practices in an attempt to bridge the gap between local farmers and their communities.
Urban Agrarian Alliance was founded by Peter Kraljev in response to the instability of community gardens. U.A.A. envisions their business becoming a source of fresh produce in food deserts and a way of creating a sense of community within neighborhoods.
While most community gardens start off strong, often times they are eventually abandoned because plot maintenance requires extensive time. U.A.A. challenges this high turnover rate by organizing the plot holders that would normally participate in a garden, and helps them shift their production into agricultural worker cooperatives where the business is owned and operated by the workers.
Bogg’s Tract Chicken Co-op is a cooperative effort initiated by our plot holders at Boggs Tract Community Farm. Clifton Maxwell oversees the chickens at the farm as well as directs business operations.
Want to become one of our start ups?
Fill out the form to the right and be sure to include that you would like more information about our incubator applications process! We’re looking forward to creating communal change with you.
Photos courtesy of Jessica Bryant (header)
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