Farmland Owner & Transitioning
Connect with a new farmer and experience many benefits. Are you a farmland owner with land that could be available for a new farmer to farm on? If so, there could be many benefits for you, your land, and your community. This program seeks to connect farmland owners who wish to sell, lease, or transfer their farmland to a farmer who will farm the land.
By making your land available to a new farmer you can:
The average age of farmers in the Pacific Northwest is 60 years old - Whidbey Island is no exception. Many farmers are retiring and may be considering selling or leasing their land. Acres of once productive farmland now lie fallow or marginally used.
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. 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.
If you are a farmland owner seeking someone to farm your land, or are considering transferring your land to another farmer, please print and fill out the Farmland Owner Seeking Farmer Application and scan & email to Karen Bishop.
The information you provide in your Farmland Owner Seeking Farmer Application will help us to better 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 a farmland owner, and more. Some important things to know regarding the application:
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Farmland access resources
Starting a Farm
Acquiring Land to Farm
Leasing Land to Farm
Farmland conservation resources
Farm Succession & Transfer
Working with Land Trusts
Many land trusts throughout the country have protected farmland through 1) direct acquisition for future lease to a farmer; 2) purchase then protection through a conservation easement, then resale; and 3) simultaneous purchase together with a farmer, including protection through a conservation easement. Conservation easements may specifically address future farming, or be more general. However, recent studies have shown that agricultural conservation easements do not necessarily ensure that the land is available for future farming.
Center for Rural Affairs
National Sustainable Agriculture Association
National Young Farmers Coalition
USDA Farm Service Agency
top resource organizations
Top Resource Organizations
The following is a list of organizations that offer workshops, resources, and other support for new farmers and farmland owners seeking to transfer their farms. This is not a comprehensive list, as there are many other organizations dedicated tot he goal of sustainable farming, including connecting new farmers to farmland.
To learn more about the specific partners involved in this grant project and the details region wide, click here, or visit the partners program pages below: