Farm Lease Connection
Due to lack of funding, the Farm Lease Connection program is currently dormant. PASA is not able to actively match landowners & growers, but we invite you to utilize the various resources below. PASA does hope to relaunch this valuable service to our members and the general public in the coming months.
New Press Coverage in philly.com - Land Leasing Aims to Attract New A Breed of Farmer
Beginning farmers often have the same two frustrations: limited access to land and money. Leasing land can help overcome those obstacles by allowing farmers to build equity without the burden of initial purchasing costs. PASA recently launched its new land leasing program, (FLC), to address these concerns and bring farmers and landowners together in the creation of successful farm enterprises.
FLC is best described as a blend of eBay and eHarmony that introduces new or expanding farmers to landowners of all kinds, from private homeowners to municipalities and land trusts. The program uses web technology and personal communication to bring both parties together. Parcels of land as small as a ¼ acre up to hundreds of acres are all potentially eligible for inclusion. At this time, there is no cost to farmers or landowners to enroll in FLC.
If you are interested in applying to be including in the land leasing program, go here and fill out a free application. The site allows farmers and landowners to set up anonymous profiles to protect confidentiality while advertising their farming experience and goals. The site also offers a list of helpful resources and classes, an event calendar and recommended experts to help in the leasing process.
Recommended Leasing Consultants
George Elser, Esq. can offer legal guidance involving farm land leases, land conservation, dispute mediation and legal ethics. He typically represents individuals, families, small businesses and non-profit organizations. To schedule a consultation with George, please contact him at George@elserlaw.com or by phone at 610-964-9627.
Ted LeBow, business consultant/ - JRI Consulting - has nearly 25 years experience advising small business owners and local farms, with a focus on making sure they are profitable. Ted brings a unique combination of advisor, owner and business perspective to the table. As long time farmer and small business owner (he got his first loan from the Production Credit Association to buy steers at age 13, in Idaho) Ted works with numerous local farms and small businesses in Philadelphia area. To schedule a consultation with Ted, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-324-6973. He also offers a PASA member discount so be sure to mention it!
Helpful Resources for Farms
Land Leasing Research: Temple Univ. Fox School of Business Market Feasibility Research (2010), University of Vermont's FarmLASTS Research (2010).
Finance: Univ. of Vermont's Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, SARE farmer grant information, USDA Fruit & Vegetable Price Portal, Rodale Institute Organic Price Report.
Publications: The Quarterly Food Law Newsletter, Farmland ConneCTions, Northeast Beginning Farmer "Trainer's Toolbox" with free webinar listings/recordings on farm land access.
Government Programs: FSA's Land Contract Guarantee Program
USDA-Farm Service Agency: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is committed to providing clear and concise explanation of its farm loan process, and is pleased to announce the online publication titled “Your guide to FSA Farm Loans.” The guide is available online at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafl