We are at a critical juncture.The majority of farmers in our region are 60 years or older. There are more farmers over the age of 70 than farmers under the age of 35 (USDA 2012 Ag Census)
Who will be growing our food in the future?
USDA statistics indicate that access to affordable and secure farmland is one of the biggest challenges for new farmers.
The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild and Whidbey Island Conservation District are partnering to address this challenge through support on farmland tenure and transition for new farmers and farmland owners.
Contact us if you are a:
- New Farmer seeking access to land for farming
- Farmer planning to transfer your land to another generation
- Farmland owner seeking new farmers to farm your land
We can meet with you to find solutions, connections, resources, and opportunities.
This project is part of a three-year USDA Beginning Farmers Ranchers Development Grant that was awarded to a consortium of organizations to support new farmers in the San Juan Islands and on Whidbey Island.
You can receive help with:
Linking New Farmers to Farmland
Farmland Access Resources
New Farmer Training Program
Technical Training on Crop and Livestock Production
Business Planning, Financial Management, and Marketing Assistance
Mentoring for New Farmers