Land Access Coordinator
"I just don't see myself being able to buy land," Evans says.
"What farmland there is, it’s very, very expensive. If you're not
independently wealthy or not inheriting family land, how do
you come about finding a farm?” – Joe Evans of Paper Crane Farm in
“In the next 20 years, 70 percent of the nation’s farmland will change
hands. Farmers do not live forever, and most farm kids do not choose to
carry on the family business. An eager generation of young Americans is
motivated to farm but, they need land and few will be able to secure it
without help.” - Lindsey & Benjamin Shute, “Keeping Farmland for Farmers”; NY Times 9-30-2013
By connecting retiring
landowners, and heirs of
farmers who may be unsure
of what they should do with
their land with aspiring
farmers who are eager to
farm we can begin to address
these challenges in WNC.
Database of interested landowners and farm seekers
Vet potential matches
Guide, facilitate landowners and seekers toward
successful land arrangements
Connect with resources
Collaborate with regional partners
Create guides, tools, workshops, other resources
What tools/resources would be the most helpful to
What types of workshops or events would you like to
see or attend?
How do I reach willing landowners?
How will this program be successful in WNC?