Community Partners - About
Acquiring a farm can be challenging, if not impossible, to do on your own. Fortunately, there are many community partners who have an interest in seeing farms remain active and productive, and who can provide you with assistance in finding farms and achieving secure tenure. Community partners are individuals, organizations, agencies and companies that can play key roles along with your personal support network. This section will explore these partners and their role in farmland access.
By networking with as many of these resources as possible, a farm seeker can build relationships with individuals and groups who can help with farm search, communications and negotiations, legal work, and financing. Many farmers to gain access to farms and farmland by building a team that wants to see new farmers and vibrant local farms succeed. In the stories section, you will find a number of concrete examples of how other farmers have been able to work with community partners to find, access and secure their farms.
One particular way that the community can help with farmland access and affordability is with conservation easements placed on farmland. You can read about these below.
Link to Further Resources
Holding Ground: A Guide to Northeast Farmland Tenure and Stewardship. Available for purchase at www.smallfarm.org.
Land trust organizations in New England:
- Connecticut Farmland Trust
- Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
- Vermont Land Trust
- The Upper Valley Land Trust
- Society for the Preservation of NH Forests
- Maine Land Trust Network
- Maine Farmland Trust
- Rhode Island Land Trust Council