Source: Local Futures
Securing affordable farmland is critical if we are to rebuild our local food economies – and it is one of its biggest challenges around the world. As the US National Young Farmers Coalition writes, “Finding secure access to land is the number one barrier preventing a generation of growers from entering the field. Land is also at the root of racial equity, food sovereignty, economic prosperity, public health, and the climate crisis.”
- Browse the guides and resources in Agrarian Trust’s Resources List (US), National Young Farmers Coalition’s Land Link Directory (US), Young Agrarians’ Finding Farmland & Land Access Tools (Canada), and Access to Land’s Member Organizations (Europe). These include land access guides, lists of farm linking and incubation programs, financing information, courses and lease templates.
- Elsewhere, contact a local land access organization, land-matching program, university agricultural extension, La Via Campesina chapter, or your local government to find programs near you.
- Work with local governments to secure land for community food enterprises with Shared Assets’ guide Access to Land: Working with Local Authorities (UK).
- Work with your local government and non-profits to provide farmers with leased land. This is the model employed by the nonprofit Intervale Center, which owns, leases, and manages 350 acres near the city of Burlington, Vermont in the US, and subleases land to ten or more independently owned farms.
- Agrarian Trust in the US permanently protects affordable farmland through a variety of innovative commons-based approaches.
- California FarmLink in California, US partners with landowners to purchase farms or transition them to the next generation.
- Equity Trust in New England, US transfers land ownership to a nonprofit entity and leases land to farmers at below-market rates, while farmers own their own buildings and infrastructure.