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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five 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
- This guide assists senior farmers who don’t have a successor lined up to take over the farm.
- This guide helps next generation farmers get the farm transfer process going on their family farm operation.
- This guide is for service providers who work–or who would like to work–with transitioning farm families.
Farmer needed for land located 8 miles outside Washington, DC, in Montgomery County,MD.
Historic property on 2 acres has two existing organic, fenced gardens; smokehouse and root cellar—plus enough additional sunny space to create hoop gardens or greenhouse. Will rent or barter to interested party. Continue reading
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.
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
For more information about the Trustees go to www.thetrustees.org
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.
100 acres of open farmland for lease, and pole barn. Also, enclosed barn (optional) with electric and water for rent. A 5,200 sf residence also available for lease (in-part of in full). Private entranced 800 sf space that formerly housed a Healing Center.
Location: Benson, on West Haven line, Rutland County
Tenure Arrangements Offered: Partnership with preferably an organic farmer to lease land with or without housing. Also open to additional housing 500 sf or under to be built or extension of less than 900 sf (no permits required in Benson)
Other: The soil is clay and suitable to start and nurture vineyards. There has been much interest and success in grape growing in Benson. The land has been hayed for decades: no crops have been planted within last ten years. We would be most interested in organic farmers for this property. Continue reading
we always dig swanky mapping tools — so we were pretty darn excited to hear about the good work of 596 Acres — an organization in NYC helping neighbors form connections to the vacant public lots in their lives.
Hundreds of acres of vacant public land exist in New York City, hidden in plain sight behind chain-link fences in neighborhoods where green space and other public amenities are scarce. We are building the tools for communities to get the keys legally and unlock all these rusty gates—and the opportunities within them. These include:
(1) making municipal information available through an online interactive map;
(2) placing signs on vacant public land that explain each lot’s status and steps that the community can take in order to be able to use this land;
(3) visioning sessions for education about public land holdings by invitation from community groups;
(4) engaging the community when an interested potential leader reaches out; and
(5) direct advocacy with New York City agencies.