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Toolbox for Leasing Farmland

Welcome to a toolbox of resources for farmers and landowners who are thinking about leasing land, or who want to improve their lease arrangement. Whether you’re a new or established farmer, leasing farmland is an effective way for you to gain affordable, flexible, and secure access to farmland and infrastructure. For private or institutional landowners, leasing land to a farmer using a well-designed agreement can be a “win-win” for you, the farmer, your land, and your community. Materials are most relevant to farming and farms in New England, but many may apply elsewhere.

Resources are organized by audience:

Farm Seekers – For current and prospective tenants
Landowners – For current and prospective landlords (individuals or institutions, private or public)
Farmers & Landowners – For both parties

Additional sections of resources include:

Quick Fact Sheets
Lease Examples and Templates
Farm Link Programs, where you can post or search for properties to lease

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For Farm Seekers

  • LFG-Favicon New England Farm Leasing Tutorial.
    Self-guided primer in four parts that includes a self-test and resource links.
  • Nuts and Bolts of Farmland Leasing.
    Webinar on farmland leasing basics by Land For Good, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and Legal Services Food Hub.
  • LFG-Favicon Farm Access Methods.
    Decision guide that lays out an organized and practical way of assessing different land access methods, including leasing.
  • LFG-Favicon Farm Access Decision Tool.
    Companion chart to the Farm Access Methods guide that compares land access methods and partners for more informed decision making.
  • LFG-Favicon Lease Mediation.
    Worksheet with questions for farmers to consider when working toward quality, durable leases.

For Landowners

For Farmers & Landowners

Quick Fact Sheets

Lease Examples & Templates

Farm Link Programs

Farm link programs connect farm seekers with farmland owners (farming and non-farming) interested in putting or keeping land in active farming. Each program has its own methods to post and search for properties – and many also offer technical assistance, education and resources. Read our FAQ on farm link programs. Below are resources specific to New England. Outside of New England, visit the directory of farm link programs in the Farmland Information Center at American Farmland Trust.

Thank you to Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, and Cultivemos, formerly the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Northeast, for funding select Spanish translated materials.