All farm link programs work to help beginning farmers, other farm seekers, and farmland owners connect with each other and related resources. They serve beginning and established farmers of all kinds, farming and non-farming landowners, and transitioning or retiring farmers. Some programs also work with public, institutional and organizational landowners such as towns, conservation groups and schools.
Farm link programs across our region formed the New England Farm Link Collaborative (NEFLC) to provide and coordinate a variety of farm link services for farmers and landowners across the region. Through cross-postings of farm opportunities, referrals to specialists, joint educational programming and collaborative outreach, NEFLC service providers build awareness, readiness and connections among farm seekers, farmers and landowners of all types in all New England states. The Collaborative includes Connecticut Farm Link, Maine Farm Link, Land For Good and Vermont Land Link. Each member provides a range of services all aimed at one common goal: to help New England’s farm seekers and landowners connect.
The New England Farm Link Program Guide explains and compares our region’s farm link programs that help connect farm seekers and farmland owners interested in putting or keeping land in active farming.
NewEnglandFarmlandFinder.org is a free posting site for properties for sale or lease to help farm seekers and farm property holders find each other, managed by the New England Farm Link Collaborative.
Thinking of posting your property? This guide, How to Create Effective Online Property Postings for Farm Link Websites, walks you through the typical components of a farm property posting and describes key information most relevant for farmers.
For practitioners and advocates: So many great tips and connections came out of the first-ever national Farm Link Clinic (April 2019), organized by Land For Good and involving participants from 26 of the 50-plus programs we identified nationally. We’ve compiled lessons and successful practices into a helpful guide for practitioners and advocates, Developing and Strengthening Farm Link Programs (or print version).
More about farm linking in our region
- How To Link To Land in Vermont’s Local Banquet
- Rhode Island Land Linking Program: Background Research and Policy Analysis A report by Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
- Land Link Programs in the Northeast US: A program assessment and lessons learned
Farm linking programs beyond New England