Garlic planting at Great Song Farm
Silvoculture at Climbing Tree Farm
Greenhouse at Sparrowbush Farm
Farmer landowner match program
The Farmer Landowner Match Program connects landowners seeking to have their land farmed with farmers seeking land. The farm operations involved with these matches include meat, vegetables, and crops. Since its inception in 2009, we have had more than 50 matches, helping farmers gain access to more than 2,000 acres of land, including Great Song Farm and Sparrowbush Farm.
Match Lists, Application, and Brochure
- Searchable List of Farmers Seeking Land
- Searchable List of Landowners Seeking Farmers
- Farmer Landowner Match Application or online
- Farmer Landowner Match Brochure
CLC established the Farmer Landowner Match Program in 2008, and since that time the program has grown to include more than 200 active participants. In mid-2013 we formed a partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy in order to expand the program beyond Columbia County and serve farmers and landowners across Dutchess County.
In addition, we recently launched the Conserve a Local Farm (CALF) Program, connecting sellers of active farmland with conservation-minded buyers and helping to ensure that the remaining farmland in Columbia County is accessible to farmers. The establishment of voluntary conservation agreements limits non-agricultural development on farmland.
CLC is a partner organization of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, established in 2014 and coordinated by the American Farmland Trust to expand farmland linking services throughout the Hudson Valley. The network’s website, Hudson Valley Farmland Finder, is a collaboration of 14 organizations working to connect farmers and landowners to strengthen opportunities for agriculture and land conservation in the Hudson Valley.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS?
Often, farmers are searching for more land to work yet the price of land is a major hurdle. The Farmer Landowner Match Program removes that hurdle. At the same time, it enables landowners to promote agriculture and, in some cases, reap financial benefits as well.
If you are a landowner, you should really consider leasing to a farmer. Aside from the tax benefits, it’s a terrific sense of accomplishment that you are doing something to preserve good farmland.
DeWayne Powell, leases 46 acres to Threshold Farms
If you have open farmland that you do not use, having a farmer lease your land may benefit you, the farmer, and the community. A successful farmer match may provide:
- Lower taxes due to the Agricultural Property Tax Assessment
- Free or low cost upkeep of your land
- Improved soil quality
- Rental income
- A share of the produce from your land
- The satisfaction of putting your land to good use
If you are looking for land to start or expand a farm operation, we may be able to help you:
- Find affordable land through the Conserve a Local Farm (CALF) Program
- Expand your operation or establish yourself in the farming community
- Lower your capital investment for start-up and operating expenses
- Share the risk and profit of farming with the landowner
- Gain experience running a farm before purchasing one
Once the match has been made, we will direct you to important resources such as model leases and can help sort through important issues. The farmer and landowner work out the specific provisions of the lease together, and we can offer advice on suggested attorneys and other advisors familiar with farming and farm tenure. We are available to help parties think through important issues, such as:
- Form of payment
- Long term vs. short term leases
- Type of farming
- Termination agreement
If you are looking for land, or have land you would like farmed, contact Marissa Codey 518.392.5252 ext. 211.