In 2010, National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) was founded by a group of farmers who were struggling to find affordable farmland to start and grow their businesses. Five years later, they know that accessing farmland is still one of the biggest obstacles young farmers face.
The good news is that there is a growing movement of land trusts working to keep farmland in the hands of farmers. NYFC has been working closely with groups across the country to support these efforts. Now, NYFC is excited to release a new resource designed specifically to help farmers connect and partner with land trusts – A Farmer’s Guide to Working with Land Trusts.
Over the past fifty years, land trusts have protected millions of acres of farmland from development. The National Young Farmers Coalition believes that these groups now have a critical role to play in helping the next generation of farmers access land. But young farmers must be proactive!
This guidebook illustrates the possibilities for potential partnership with a land trust and offers practical information and tools for approaching your land trust and building the relationship.
Take a look through the guide today (it’s free to download, or you can purchase a copy at NYFC’s online store), and if you decide that partnering with a land trust to access land is right for you, NYFC hopes they have provided a resource that will guide you towards a successful relationship!