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New England Farmland Finder is managed by these Consortium member organizations and agencies:
Why this website? This site was created to help New England’s farm seekers and farm property holders find each other. For many new and established farmers, simply finding available land is a huge challenge. On the other side of the equation, more and more private, public and organizational landowners want to make land available for farming. They want farmers to find them.
This site makes it easy for properties to be posted, and for farm seekers to search for them. The site’s format is similar to “for sale by owner” sites or classified listings. Because it is free, simple, region-wide, automated and constantly current, it can serve as a friendly portal for property holders and farmland seekers.
Linking to farm link programs. This website does not take the place of New England’s farm link programs. New England Farmland Finder is a clearinghouse for farm properties. It simply posts them. The linking programs that sponsor this website believe that comprehensive property lists are necessary but not sufficient to ensure successful transactions to get farmers on the land. In fact, we have collaborated to create this site. We see it as complementary to our work.
Serving seekers and property holders. Seekers and property holders need information, skills and support to be successful, whether as tenants and landlords, buyers and sellers, managers and owners, or through other arrangements. New England Farmland Finder is designed to first direct users to resources that prepare them to list or find properties.
The region’s linking programs provide a range of critically important services for those who hold or seek farm property. For example, we custom screen properties and seekers, and pre-sort for potential matches. We connect specific farmers and properties, educate and support seekers and owners, help craft agreements, and assist with transfer planning.
The Consortium. We are organizations and programs that focus on farmland access and farm linking services in New England. Together, we worked as a task force to assess the strengths and gaps regarding farmland access in our region. We have researched programs, interviewed farmers and landowners about existing services. We built our understanding of the various functions involved in accessing farms and making farmland available.
We have committed time and resources to improving the way farmers and landowners find one another. As a consortium, we are responsible for New England Farmland Finder. This is a new endeavor. It is a work-in-progress. The site’s success depends in large part on its widespread use.
You can help. Use the site. Encourage others to post properties and conduct searches. Let us know how to improve the site. Thank you.