This program seeks to connect new farmers with farmland owners who wish to sell, lease or transfer their farmland to a new farmer who will farm the land. For the purposes of this grant, a “new farmer” is defined by the USDA as someone who has farmed for less than 10 years.
Support is also available through this USDA grant to connect new farmers to mentors, business planning, access to capital, and technical assistance on crop production.
If you are a new farmer and would like to find farmland to farm in the San Juan Islands or on Whidbey Island, please fill out the Farmer Seeking Farmland Application.
This information will help us understand your goals including whether you are interested in leasing or purchasing land, types of farming that you are interested in pursuing, your previous experience farming, infrastructure needs, assets, 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.
For information and model documents about options for accessing land, whether through lease, lease to purchase, contract purchase, or other tools, please click here.
If you are interested in learning about opportunities for farming on conserved farmland, including understanding and working with conservation easements, please click here.
Please contact us with any questions.
We look forward to working with you.