The Farmer’s Guide to Working with Land Trusts is written for farmers, land trust staff, and farmer service providers. The guide gives an introduction to land trusts, explains how these groups can be powerful partners in a farmer’s search for affordable farmland, and provides detailed information about the process of working with a land trust.
Finding and securing land to farm is one of the biggest challenges that beginning farmers and ranchers face in starting a career in agriculture. Farmland prices are at a record high across the country and land has become increasingly unaffordable for farmers. The land surrounding our nation’s cities, where market opportunities are greatest for beginning farmers, is often the most difficult to access. This guidebook provides farmers with practical tools and resources for partnering with a land trust to access land.
The guide includes:
An introduction to land trusts and conservation easements
A toolbox of ways in which young farmers can partner with a land trust
A guide for reaching out to a land trust, with detailed steps and information about what to expect once you do
An overview of a typical land trust transaction, including a sample timeline and project budget
An appendix, which lists organizations that may be helpful partners in the process of working with a land trust