Tips for Finding a Farmer

Welcome! 

New England Farmland Finder (NEFF) helps farm seekers learn about and find available farm properties in the six New England states. This site makes it easy for farm properties to be posted, and for you to search for them. NEFF is free, simple, automated, and always current. It is a great tool for your own farm search toolbox. 

Here you will find more information to help in your land search:

 

Preparing To Advertise Your Property

For NEFF, a farm seeker may be a potential: 

  • Buyer (someone who may purchase your property)
  • Tenant (someone who may rent/lease your property)
  • Successor (someone you could transfer your property and/or farm business to, often over a period of time. They may start as an employee, tenant, business partner, apprentice or other arrangement. They may have their own business or want to transition into yours.) 

Who posts properties? A property poster may be a private individual landowner, a family trust, or a retiring farmer. Land trusts, other conservation organizations, religious and educational institutions, corporations, and public land managers (municipal, state agencies) are encouraged to post properties too. Real estate agents also may post on behalf of a landowner. 

Regardless of where your property is located, it’s important to do some planning before you post your property. Goal setting, property assessment, and financial planning are essential. If you hope to lease your land, think about what you are looking for in a farming tenant and lease agreement. It’s also good to prepare to communicate about your property and desires with a prospective buyer or tenant. 

Check our Resources tab to access materials to help you prepare to and submit a property. Get information on: 

  • Farm property assessment (evaluating soils, farm building, etc.)
  • Connecting with seekers: helpful hints
  • Farm property assessment
  • Leases and Leasing

 

How To Use This Site (as a property poster)

First, Create a free Property Poster Account with NEFF.  Then once you are logged in, you can post your property to the site:

  • Click on Submit a Property in the navigation bar at the top of the NEFF homepage. 
     
  • Read the Posting Guide. This is an important step! You will create a much more effective posting. 
     
  • Your property posting begins as a draft. When you are satisfied with your posting and ready to publish it, select “Ready To Publish” in the editing tab of the property posting. This will alert the NEFF administrator to review and publish your property.
     
  • You can edit your property posting(s) at any time by clicking “My Account” in the upper right corner of the NEFF home page. 
     
  • The NEFF administrator may edit your posting slightly for clarity and consistency once “Ready To Publish” has been selected. They will not change what you wrote or “fact check” the information you provide. If the administrator has any questions about your property posting, they will contact you. Once finalized, the administrator will publish your posting, and it will immediately be searchable by farm seekers. It will also be included in the weekly email digest of new properties that subscribed farm seekers receive.
     
  • Property postings expire automatically every six months, unless you renew the posting. You will receive an email notification one week prior to your property’s expiration date. If you wish to renew the property, simply email the site administrator at [email protected], requesting that your posting be renewed. (Please also include the name of the posting in the renew request email).
     
  • Questions? Problems? Need help? Please contact [email protected]. The NEFF administrator will be glad to assist you.  

 

Additional Strategies To Find a Farmer

New England Farmland Finder and partner programs in the New England Farm Link Collaborative (Connecticut Farm Link, Maine FarmLink, Vermont Land Link, and Land For Good) are valuable tools for your search for a farmer. In addition, your chances of success are greater if you use a multi-pronged approach. 

Consider these other tools and strategies to find farmland:

  • Get assistance. New England Farm Link Collaborative partners, Connecticut Farm Link, Maine FarmLink, Vermont Land Link, and Land For Good, provide various one-on-one services to get you started and support you along the way.  These include goals clarification, property assessment, lease design and negotiation, and succession planning facilitation.

    To get started, email these providers, based on the state(s) you are based in OR are looking in:
    Connecticut: [email protected] 
    Maine: [email protected] 
    Massachusetts: [email protected] 
    New Hampshire: [email protected]
    Rhode Island: [email protected]
    Vermont: [email protected]

    Check the New England Farm Link Collaborative program guide to learn more about what these programs offer.
     

  • Make a flyer showcasing your property and what kind of opportunity you are providing for a farmer. Post the flyer at conferences and meetings. Tack it to bulletin boards at your co-op, input supplier, local farm organization. Hand it out. While farm linking sites are increasingly popular, some farmers can benefit from finding farmland the old fashioned way!

  • Use your networks. Get the word out about your property at farmer conferences, mixers, workshops and meetings. Let your neighbors and local farmers know about your interests, if appropriate. (Sometimes property owners wish to keep their search private. That’s totally fine; it’s up to you.)
     
  • Work with a real estate professional. Some real estate agents care and know about farming and farm properties. A realtor will post your property on real estate sites such as MLS and Zillow. Suggest to your real estate professional to visit this Resource page with information about marketing a farm property.
     
  • Utilize other posting/listing sites. You never know!  Try using MLS, Zillow, Trulia, and even Craigslist. (In NH, take a look at NH Farms And Barns Real Estate.)

 

Managing Your NEFF Account (as a property poster)

Click My Account in the top-right corner of any NEFF Page to update your account information, including your username, password, and email address. 

  • You can edit your posting at any time at any time by clicking “My Account” in the upper right corner of the NEFF home page. 
     
  • To unpublish (delete) your property, email [email protected]. Please be sure to include the name of the property posting. 
     
  • Your account may show unpublished properties. These include:
    - properties that you have not yet marked as ready to publish
    - properties that are pending approval from the site administrator
    - properties that have expired (which you can re-activate)

 

New England Farm Link Collaborative

NEFF also partners with other farm link programs in New England. Most properties in Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont that appear on NEFF are co-listed with Connecticut Farm Link, Maine FarmLink, and Vermont Land Link.

Check the New England Farm Link Collaborative program guide to learn more about what these programs offer.