According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, only 9% of the farms are rented in the Commonwealth. Farmland in Southeastern MA is becoming increasingly expensive making it increasingly challenging for farmers looking for land to either expand or start up a new operation. Yet hundreds of acres of farmland are owned by non-farming landowners. Some of these landowners are interested in bringing their land into production and want to find a farmer to lease or manage it. These relationships can benefit farmers and landowners alike and provide a key to the long-term sustainability of working farmland in this region. If you are a landowner and would like your land in more active agriculture, we can:
- Help you start exploring different ag options.
- Provide sample leases and refer to lawyers with Ag expertise.
- Help evaluate what type of Ag enterprise might be good for your land.
- Connect you with new farmers that are looking to lease land.