Leasing

Caretaker Farm
Caretaker Farm
  • Farmers: Bridget Spann and Don Zasada (junior farmers); Sam and Elizabeth Smith (senior farmers)
  • Method of Access: Bridget and Don own the farmhouse and structures and rent the farmland via a ground lease
  • Acreage: 35 acres
  • Location: Berkshires, Massachusetts
  • Year Founded: 2006 (Don and Bridget's operation); 1991 (Sam and Elizabeth's CSA); 1969 (Sam and Elizabeth's operation)
  • Affordability Tools: Ground lease, conservation easement, community fundraising, land trust
  • Farm Operation: Diversified animal and vegetable operation with 200 varieties of 40 different crops every season, plus chickens and pigs
Diggers’ Mirth
Diggers’ Mirth
  • Farmers: Hilary Martin, Dylan Zeitlyn, Elango Dev, Sophia Zowat
  • Method of Access: Lease
  • Acreage: 11 acres
  • Location: Burlington, Vermont
  • Year Founded: 1992
  • Affordability Tools: Farm incubator, collaborative farming, LLC
  • Farm Operation: Vegetables and salad greens
Greenfield Berry Farm
Greenfield Berry Farm
  • Farmers: Daniel and Michele Greenfield
  • Method of Access: Lease, public lands
  • Acreage: 20 acres
  • Location: Cuyahoga, OH
  • Year Founded: 2006
  • Affordability Tools: Leasing public lands
  • Farm Operation: Berries
Growing Veterans
Growing Veterans
  • Farmers: Chris Wolf is the Farm Manager and oversees hundreds of veterans and volunteers
  • Method of Access: Lease with option to purchase
  • Acreage: 3 - 40 acres - there are three farms at different locations: Whatcom County Farm, Skagit County Farm, and Auburn Farm
  • Location: Washington State
  • Year Founded: 2012
  • Affordability Tools: Nonprofit status, short-term lease with option to purchase, "pay with product" rent
  • Farm Operation: Berries, vegetables
Higher Ground Rooftop Farm
Higher Ground Rooftop Farm
  • Farmers: John Stoddard
  • Method of Access: Lease
  • Acreage: 1.3 acres
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Year Founded: 2013
  • Affordability Tools: Urban rooftop farming, lease, fundraising donations
  • Farm Operation: Produce, herbs
Hillen Homestead
Hillen Homestead
  • Farmers: Maya Kosok
  • Method of Access: License, lease pending (rolling lease)
  • Acreage: Two lots, about 1/4 acre combined
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Year Founded: 2013
  • Affordability Tools: Use of public land
  • Farm Operation: Flowers
Hmong American Farmers Association
Hmong American Farmers Association
  • Farmers: HAFA members, who typically have over 20 years of experience growing on less than 10 acres of land
  • Method of Access: Long-term lease with option to buy
  • Acreage: 155 acres
  • Location: Vermillion Township, Minnesota
  • Year Founded: 2013 (farm), 2011 (HAFA)
  • Affordability Tools: Research and incubator farm, conservation easement
  • Farm Operation: Vegetables and flowers
Natick Community Organic Farm
Natick Community Organic Farm
  • Farmers: Lynda Simkins as Executive Director, additional full-time staff, seasonal and part-time youth, and adult employees/trainees
  • Method of Access: Long-term lease on public lands with management contract
  • Acreage: 27 acres
  • Location: Natick, MA
  • Year Founded: 1975
  • Affordability Tools: Leasing public lands, nonprofit status
  • Farm Operation: Produce, flowers, maple syrup, meat, wool yarn, honey
Say Hay Farm
Say Hay Farm
  • Farmers: Chris Hay
  • Method of Access: Lease
  • Acreage: 50+ acres
  • Location: Esparto, Yolo County, California
  • Year Founded: 2010
  • Affordability Tools: Long-term lease with option to purchase, long-term lease with right of first refusal
  • Farm Operation: Organic vegetables, pastured eggs
Sunbow Farm
Sunbow Farm
  • Farmers: Yadira Ruiz and Nate Johnson (junior farmers); Harry MacCormack and Cheri Clark (senior farmers)
  • Method of Access: Lease
  • Acreage: 15 acres
  • Location: Corvallis, Oregon
  • Year Founded: 1972
  • Affordability Tools: Lease, LLC, living trust
  • Farm Operation: Vegetables

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