Farmers need equitable access to land now.

That is why Young Farmers is launching the One Million Acres for the Future Campaign. With our partners, we are calling on Congress to invest $2.5 billion in the 2023 Farm Bill to facilitate equitable access to one million acres of land for the next generation of farmers.

To win this change, we are building a coalition of partner organizations, engaging D.C. policymakers, and resourcing farmer advocates through the 2022-2023 Land Advocacy Fellowship.

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Read about the challenges farmers face, see the policy solutions that are required, hear stories of on-the-ground innovations, and explore resources from Young Farmers and other organizations.

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Farmer Voices

Young farmers across the country are navigating the challenge of accessing land. Read their stories to learn more about the realities of this process and the policy solutions that will help.

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Policy Solutions

Bold, systemic change is required to tackle the land access challenge. Explore our growing policy library to see key, actionable steps and connect with organizations advancing land policy.

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Join the Land Advocacy Fellowship!

Farmer voices are the heart of this campaign. Young Farmers is launching a two-year, paid advocacy and leadership fellowship that will resource 100 young farmers, growers, and land stewards to build momentum and shift power to advocate for equitable land policy in the 2023 Farm Bill.

The fellowship will include mentorship, professional development, advocacy training, a stipend of $3,000 per year, and a November 2022 Young Farmer fly-in to Washington, D.C. Applications are open until January 15, 2022.

Farmer Voices

Young farmers across the country are navigating the daunting challenge of accessing land with tenacity and creativity. Their actions are just one piece of the puzzle, however. As these farmers’ experiences show, networks of community support are vital and policy change is sorely needed. Read the farmer stories shared here to learn more about the realities of finding secure land access and the policy solutions that will help.

Mo Browne, Berkeley Basket CSA

“Urban farmers like Mo grapple with high land values, insecure tenure, lack of water access, legal challenges, and zoning barriers on top of contending with contaminated soil. Policy changes however, hold hope for making this important endeavor more possible.”

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Joaquin Jimenez, Rancho San Benito

“For many Latinx farmers, one of the key challenges of accessing land, besides the cost, is finding it. Lack of access to land-owning social networks can be a major challenge because farmland often changes hands without ever coming on the formal real estate market and landlords want to sell or rent land to someone they know and trust.”

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Melissa Law & Ben Whalen, Bumbleroot Organic Farm

“Farmers are on the frontlines of the impacts of the climate crisis. At the same time, they are taking critical action to mitigate its effects by providing local food and fiber, stewarding biodiversity, sequestering carbon, and reducing carbon emissions.”

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Our thanks to Chipotle

Thank you to Chipotle for generously supporting this campaign.