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farm transitions in the midwest

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During the summer of 2013, Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings journalism intern Alex Baumhardt interviewed families in Minnesota and Wisconsin that were in various stages of farm transitions. The following five “Farm Transition Profiles” are the result of those interviews.

Ryan Batalden Profile: A Return to the Community

Lauren & Caleb Langworthy Profile: Teeming with Team Members

Jon Peterson Profile: Trust in the Land

Mary Ellen Frame, Erin Johnson & Ben Doherty Profile: Luck, Pluck & Relationships

Craig Murphy Profile: Leaving an Organic Legacy

The common thread connecting these profiles is that all parties involved—retiring farmers as well as new farmers—have given the transitioning process long, careful thought. Planning, flexibility and creativity are key elements of any transition plan. In the end, these profiles illustrate that no matter what the circumstances, successful transitions require help and support from a broad spectrum of community members. For more information on the farm transitions toolkit, visit HERE.


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california farmlink announces new online linking system

CA FARMLINK

If you are a farmer with 2+ years of experience farming and a clear idea of what you’re looking for, California FarmLink now offers a new service which allows for landowners and land-seeking farmers to connect directly online (rather than through their regional coordinator).

Here’s how the new system will work:

  • Landseekers and landowners must register for an account with California FarmLink.
  • Registered users will be able to see detailed land listing information, including landowner contact information. Only logged-in and registered farmers will be able to see this information, and the property addresses will NOT be posted.
  • Become a member of California FarmLink. Landseeker Memberships are $15 and are valid for one year. If you have previously paid a membership fee within the last year, your membership will be activated automatically. You may also request a Fee Waiver Application by contacting the main office.
  • Have a business plan or a statement about your farm vision ready, then use the Dashboard to browse the Land Listings and contact landowner”?;.lkijouhyh7loi0t09r54rre3wq2

To see more of what California FarmLink has to offer, head over to their website!

 


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finger lakes landlink!

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Finger Lakes LandLink

Farmers in the Finger Lakes region who need access to land, and landowners who wish to have their unused acreage farmed, now can be matched through Finger Lakes LandLink, a new project developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central NY Agriculture Program and the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming in Ithaca (NY).  Finger Lakes LandLink will be an online service where farmers and landowners can search either the available land or farmer database to find an appropriate match.  Cornell Cooperative Extension and Groundswell will provide resources and consulting to help facilitate the matching process.  The initial pilot for this project will include Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Cortland, and Chemung counties.   Continue reading


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sweet farmstead for sale in unity, me

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This 16-acre property is MOFGA certified organic and ready to be a home to your operation. The fertile pastures are fully-fenced, and there are existing NRCS Contracts, established Infrastructure for poultry & ruminants, and a well-managed woodlot. It’s located just a few miles from MOFGA’s fairgrounds and in the midst of one of Maine’s key farming communities.  Greenhorns’ friend and ally, Abby, has run Bacon Brook Farmstead on the property for several years and is now moving on to pastures that are just as green and lush to join and help expand another Maine farm.  She has great taste and the home has been renovated beautifully.

View the listing HERE Continue reading


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farmland lease opportunity, essex, new york

Lakeside School is looking for a Biodynamic farmer to sub-let farmland with an interest in establishing an affiliation with our school as a farm educator.

Biodynamic Farm Description

Lakeside School is located at the Black Kettle Farm in Essex, New York and the farm is a 230 acre organic Wild Farm located between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.  Lakeside School is a developing member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

Best Regards,
Kathleen Morse
Office Administrator
Lakeside School


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1700 hectares of public land

Land Trusts Across the Pond

from The Agrarian Trust

July 1, 2013

A trust for public land in France:

Terre de Liens is a civil society organization created in 2003 to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing agricultural land. Land prices are high and land market so competitive that access to land has become a major bottleneck for farmers seeking new farms or additional land to maintain their current activities.

Terre de liens first supported collective ownership schemes, wherein farmers received contributions from their kin, consumers or local community to set up an investment business to buy their land. Since 2007, Terre de liens has also directly acquired farmland, which it holds in perpetuity for the sake of current and future generations. Terre de liens’ land is let to farmers who undertake to farm organically or biodynamically or who are peasant farmers committed to respecting the environment.

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Terre de Liens’  site. 


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potential land opportunity in texas

This has come to us by way of another organization. The original message is pasted below.  If you’re in Texas, and looking for land, read on! It would take some legwork, but could be well worth your while.

A man named John Shewmaker called me a few weeks ago (out of the blue).   He has 170 acres of land (fronting I-35, 10-12 miles north of Georgetown in Bell County) that he would like to rent at low cost to a co-op or nonprofit on a 50+ year term.  That nonprofit would then partition the land (not legally, but physically) into plots for organic farmers/ demonstration gardens/ farm incubation/ a school farm, and/or to other entities producing or promoting sustainable agriculture.  Currently, the land is mostly pasture; part is producing grain for livestock.  As far as I gathered, the land doesn’t have too much in the way of farm infrastructure or irrigation.

John seems confident in his ability to raise significant money for this project, but is retired and said that he would not be involved in operations.  He spoke flexibly about the terms of this long-term lease and the specific end use of the land, except that he wants it to be used sustainably and benefit as many people as possible.   As a first step, he would like to have a meeting with 4-10 people who may be stakeholders in this project, and see if there is any traction.  This is all the information I have, so please feel free to contact/coordinate with him directly if you’re interested.

I have not visited the land and have no personal experience with John outside of this phone call.  I told him that I would spread the word, based on the merit of his idea.

For more information, please contact John Shewmaker:
202-427-7601
jtshew@yahoo.com


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connecticut farmland available !

ctFive acres of beautiful, prime farm land available for an experienced
vegetable farmer to use without rent in exchange for a small portion
of the crop. Formerly used for grazing grass-fed sheep, the soil is
rated 29A (prime farmland) by the NRCS. Land includes electric
fencing, barn, drip irrigation equipment, access to a tractor as well
as other implements. Produce must be grown sustainably, using organic
methods wherever possible. Owner can supply assistance in marketing to
restaurants, farm markets, CSA’s, etc. and possibly some financing to
help you get started. Long term arrangement prefered. This farm is
located in a lovely small town along the Connecticut shoreline with
inexpensive housing available nearby. Contact Bill at
Upperpondfarm@gmail.com


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more land access resources

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Check out these three new publications focused on farmland access and transfer:  
These unique publications help senior and junior farming generations get the farm succession process going, from setting goals to understanding legal and financial terms used in farmland and business transfers. They are also valuable resources for service providers who work with these audiences. Continue reading


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rfp in california sierra foothills

The American River Conservancy is looking for farmers and/or partners to submit quality proposals to lease portions of the Historic Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm (aka “Gold Hill Ranch”) in the foothills of El Dorado County.  Attached you will find the official RFP and map of the areas we are seeking to lease.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The American River Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization, seeks one or more partners to develop portions of an historic farm into a destination, agricultural tourism enterprise.   Selected partner(s) would lease farm acreage and/or buildings, make capital improvements, and operate business enterprises consistent with protecting the site’s cultural, natural and agricultural resources.   The selected partner would work with the ARC to market activities, host a variety of events, and grow agricultural products for sale.  The farmhouse, garden and barn may be suitable for an event center or restaurant.  Suitable agricultural production may include vineyards, orchards or livestock production.  Ultimately, the goal of all agricultural production on the farm is to become certified organic.

Questions or requests to tour the Wakamatsu Farm property may be directed to either Alan Ehrgott or Elena DeLacy at (530) 295-2190. Scheduled Tours of the Wakamatsu Farm Property will be held on Feb. 23, March 2nd and March 16th from 9am-12 noon.  Additional information regarding the history of the farm may be obtained through the following URL: www.arconservancy.org/wakamatsu

PDF Link: Larger Wakamatsu Farm RFP


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local food + land trusts

land“Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts”
By Erik Hoffner / February 2013
Grist guest contributor 

When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional ‘woods and waters’ trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems.While it made sense strategically, since much of the county’s remaining forested and open land has already been conserved, it was also right on mission for Conserve Lake County (CLC). As they got into it, the CLC leadership realized that they didn’t want to convert purchased farms to natural uses, though, but rather to keep them in farming. Continue reading


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land listing from Trustees of Reservation, early enlightened conservationists

landThe Trustees of Reservations Seeks Proposals for Farmland
The Trustees, a statewide non-profit land trust, is seeking farmer proposals for up to 8 acres of land in Ashfield, MA.  The land is non-contiguous, a mix of rolling and flat, accessible by public roads, probably most suitable for animals.  There is a large barn available for storage, washing station, CSA pickup, etc. and there is irrigation available.  There is no on-site farmer housing.  The Trustees are seeking a farmer with a business plan who wants to run their own operation in partnership with The Trustees.  There is no fee for the land.  Send proposals or questions to Ellie at elobovits@ttor.org
For more information about the Trustees go to www.thetrustees.org


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land opportunity, CA

We seek a farmer-entrepreneur to assume full or partial responsibility for a 4-acre property surrounded by nature preserve west of Galt, California, in the heart of the Central Valley. The farm has well-developed soil (San Joaquin clay-loam), a large native insectivary, excellent water and solar irrigation infrastructure, and a high profile with local restaurants and caterers. Potential directions include CSA, expanded restaurant sales, and farmers’ markets. Short term and long term business arrangements open to discussion and include salary and/or profit-share. Property includes all necessary equipment for production, including greenhouse. Owners have 10 years of experience with site-specific growing conditions which they look forward to sharing; the property is a very active “WWOOF” site.

The opportunity is posted with California Farmlink (id. #942) and interested parties should respond to that post, which can be viewed here.

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