Instead of searching for a farm property offered for sale, search for a farm business looking for a successor. Once you identify a farm business that might fit your goals, ask the farmer(s) if you could drop by to meet them sometime.
To start, try using the land-link directory to find farmer-landowners in your region who might be open to transferring their land and/or business to a new farmer. Eventually, though, your search will need to go offline. Reach out to your local extension office, go to farmer workshops, attend a conference–getting involved in your local agricultural community is the best way to find the right opportunity.
Congratulations – you’ve completed the Finding Farmland Course. The financial decisions related to land access can seem a huge burden, and now you know a lot about how to approach them. We hope your knowledge makes you feel empowered to make land access decisions that are right for you.
Remember a few big takeaways:
– Know yourself, your goals, the resources available to you, and the community you live in and sell to
– Owning a farm can feel like your life’s calling, and it has to work as a business
– Be patient and shop around: buying a farm is a decision worth the time to make right
Now go off and make those land access dreams come true. We’re here for you if you have any questions along the way. Message us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.