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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Finding Some Land To Farm

This page provides links to information about LandLink programs, finding land for sale, tips for finding land, resources for drawing up contracts, and more… Individuals interested in purchasing farmland might also be interested in our Financing (Loans/Grants) Page which provides resources related to funding for land purchases and other needs.

1) LandLink programs can be viewed by state, at the bottom of this site. For additional information on LandLink programs visit the International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) at: These programs “link retirement and farm exit approaches with farm entry strategies. A number of states they have established Farm Link programs (see below) to ‘link’ beginning and retiring farmers.”
2) The Center for Rural Affairs Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunities page at:
They have set up a number of different linking arrangements between retiring and beginning farmers and ranchers. They present ideas about what has worked in the past in their success stories on transfer strategies.
3) The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings Program also has a resource called Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghouse Listings which has lists a number of potential land opportunities for new and beginning farmers.
4) is the largest rural listing service in the Nation specializing in land for sale.
5) LoopNet is a national search engine that allows you to search for farmland real estate listings in any part of the country.
6) If you are looking for land in Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire check out the Farmland Resources Link from Tufts University’s New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
7) The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has a new resource listing farmland for sale/rent, and farmland wanted. The resource is called Land Link-Up.
8) Find farmland for sale at
9) There is also a free .pdf called Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland available on the web.
10) A list of rural land for sale in Minnesota and Wisconsin is available at LandBin.
11) Legal forms for land contract and statement of deed are available at
12) The Land Connection lists farmland for sale via land-link type agreements in Illinois.
13) Agrinuity offers ‘farmland ownership services’.
14) Landshare Colorado was started by Colorado Local Sustainability to help connect gardeners, farmers, and ranchers with gardens or agricultural land that is currently not being used.  While working on the Rocky Mountain Growers Directory, we have met many new farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who are looking for affordable land to grow their own food.  The goal for Landshare Colorado is to help make Colorado land more productive and to make local produce more accessible to all.

15) The following is a State by State listing of Land Link Programs from IFTN:
California: California FarmLink

Connecticut: New England Land Linkroad-to-barn-tiny

Iowa: Beginning Farmer Center

Maine: Maine Farmlink

or New England Land Link

Maryland: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Massachusetts: New England Land Link

Michigan: FarmLink

Minnesota: Land Stewardship Project

Montana: Land Link Montana

Nebraska: The Beginning Farmer Program Check out “Beginning Farmer” link

New Hampshire: New England Land Link

New Jersey: State Ag Development Committee

New York: NY FarmLink

or New England Land Link

North Carolina: North Carolina Farm Transition Network, Inc.
Ohio: The Farmland Center, a program of the Countryside Conservancy

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Farm Link, Inc.

or Center for Farm Transitions

Rhode Island: New England Land Link

Vermont: Family Farm Succession in Vermont

or New England Land Link

Virginia: Virginia Farm Link program

or Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

Washington: Washington FarmLink

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Farm Center

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