Having the following information will be helpful to build out your lease. In the Farm Lease Builder there are numerous explanations of the questions asked, so it can be useful to go through it even if you don’t have all the information you need. Also, you can complete a draft lease without having all the answers, download the word document produced at the end, and complete it later. The exercise will take 30 – 90 minutes in total.
See what a draft lease looks like here.
Once you create your draft lease, you'll need to take it to a lawyer for review. Working with lawyers can seem stressful or intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Follow the link below for several resources on how to find a lawyer, what to expect from your lawyer, and how to get the most out of working with a lawyer (at a price you can afford).
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems is an initiative of Vermont Law School, and this toolkit provides general legal information for educational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute, and should not be relied upon, for legal advice. Each farmer’s circumstances are unique, state laws vary, and the information contained herein is specific to the time of publication. Accordingly, for legal advice, please consult an attorney licensed in your state.