Are you a farmland owner with land that could be available for a new farmer to farm? If so, there could be many benefits for you, your land and your community. By making your land available to a new farmer you can
- Ensure that your farmland will continue to be actively farmed
- Protect your investment in stewardship of the land
- Help a new farmer get started
- Support ongoing production of food for the community
- Maintain revenue by selling the farm over time, allowing an affordable option for a new farmer to start a new far.
- Share your expertise by mentoring a new farmer
- And so much more…
The average age of farmers in the Pacific NW is 60 years old. Many farmers are retiring and may be considering selling or leasing their land. Acres of once productive farmland now lie fallow or marginally used.
Access to affordable farmland is one of the greatest challenges for new farmers throughout the nation and especially in regions such as ours with high real estate values. Now, more than ever before, we need to help the next generation of farmers access affordable and fertile farmland, keeping these lands actively farmed for production of healthy local foods for our community and region.
This program seeks to connect farmland owners who wish to sell, lease or transfer their farmland to a farmer who will farm the land.
If you are a farmland owner seeking someone to farm your land, or are considering transferring your land to another farmer, please fill out the Farmland Owner Seeking Farmer Application.
The information provided in the Application will help us understand your goals including whether you are interested in leasing or selling all or part of your land, types of farming that would be suitable on your land, available infrastructure, your plans as farmland owner, and more.
Information provided will be confidential and will help us identify a good land match for you.
After reviewing your application, we will contact you to schedule a meeting.
Our goal is to work with you to find a good match for you and your farmland so that your land can be actively farmed into the future.
If you are interested in transferring your farm to a family member and are interested in getting information about Resource Toolbox, please contact us so we can help connect you with professional resources.
For information and model documents about options for accessing land, whether through lease, lease to purchase, contract purchase, or other tools, please click here.
Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to working with you.