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Toolbox for Farm Seekers

Welcome to a toolbox for farmers looking to access farmland. If you’re a beginning farmer exploring your options to get onto land, or an established farmer ready to expand, relocate or rethink your land situation, this toolbox offers guides, worksheets, articles and other resources to inform your decision-making and guide your planning and search for farmland. If you are not yet farming, you’ll want to prepare and develop a plan before you even begin searching for land. Materials are most relevant to farming and farms in New England, but many may apply elsewhere

Resources are organized by topic:

Where to Start if you don’t have (much) farming experience – important first steps for new & beginning farmers
Develop your land access plan
examine your farming goals & current situation
Explore strategies to access farmland – methods to examine before starting your search
Consider leasing, purchasing & financing options – is owning or leasing right for you?
Search for land using farm link programs – customize your search area & connect with landowners
Assess land & farm infrastructure – how to sort through & determine your needs

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LFG-Favicon  indicates Land For Good authored resource

 

Where to Start if you don’t have (much) farming experience

  • AgPlan.
    Powerful website to help you generate a draft business plan with customized templates and sample business plans for ideas. University of Minnesota.
  • New Farmers Discovery Tool.
    Personalized search for new farmers, women in agriculture, young farmers, veterans, and new generation seeking land. USDA.
  • FarmAnswers.org.
    Programs, resources and comprehensive library to help you get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed. University of Minnesota, funded by USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant program (BFRDP).

Develop your land access plan

  • LFG-Favicon Where Do I Start? Acquiring Land To Farm.
    Short worksheet focusing on big picture thinking and a framework to examine farming goals, current situation, and other considerations.
  • LFG-Favicon Acquiring Your Farm 2.0,
    Online tutorial for farm seekers with lessons and worksheets on seven land access topics to help you assess your situation and systematically develop an action plan.
  • LFG-Favicon Farm Access Methods Guide.
    Decision guide that stands out in its organized and practical way of understanding and assessing land access methods.
  • LFG-Favicon Farm Access Decision Tool.
    Summary and companion piece to Farm Access Methods Guide to help you compare methods and make informed decisions.
  • LFG-Favicon Successfully Acquiring Your Farmland.
    Article focuses on what to consider to successfully acquire your land, written for the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts.
  • Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland.
    Plain language guide to help you understand the process of locating and securing farmland with clear, simple, and easy to understand text to increase comprehension and reduce misunderstandings. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

Explore strategies to access farmland

Consider leasing, purchasing & financing options

Search for land using farm link programs

  • New England Farmland Finder.
    Free website to post or search for farm properties for sale or lease, covering all six New England states.
  • New England Farm Link Program Guide.
    Guide explains New England’s four farm link programs – Vermont Land Link, Maine Farm Link, Connecticut Farm Link and New England Farmland Finder – and what they offer.
  • New England Farm Link Collaborative.
    Organizations helping build awareness, farmer and landowner readiness, and connections among farm seekers, farmers and landowners of all types in all New England states.
  • LFG-Favicon Additional Strategies To Find Farmland.
    Tip sheet for preparing for your land search. Your chances of success are greater if you use a multi-pronged approach.

If you are looking for property outside of New England, visit American Farmland Trust’s national list of farm link programs.

Assess land & farm infrastructure

 

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